Updated:
Original:

Thousands without power in Minnesota after severe storms bring high winds, heavy rain

Most of those without power are in the Twin Cities metro area.
Author:
Wind damage

Thousands of households in Minnesota are without power after severe storms battered the state overnight on Friday.

Xcel Energy's outage map shows more than 12,000 homes were without electricity at 7 a.m. Saturday, which comes after a massive system brought dangerous winds, heavy rain, and lightning.

While the storm's ferocity had reduced somewhat by the time it reached the Twin Cities, wind gusts of almost 60 mph were still recorded, leading to the National Weather Service issuing a severe thunderstorm warning in the early hours of the morning.

The majority of those homes without power are in the metro area.

Earlier, gusts as high as 90 mph had been recorded in parts of northwestern and north-central Minnesota, while tornado warnings were issued in the Cambridge, Braham, and Brooten areas as it moved southeast.

Sign up for our BREAKING WEATHER newsletters

At this time it's not known if any tornadoes landed, but wind damage to trees and buildings have been reported in areas north of the Twin Cities.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office meanwhile says that a house fire in Lakeland Township appears to have been sparked by a lightning strike.

Also causing problems was heavy rain, with the Brainerd area seeing more than 3 inches fall in the space of just a few hours.

The National Weather Service says that after a warm-up on Saturday, which will see heat indices climb to as high as 110, the same storm system could potentially lead to more severe weather later in the evening.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

Related

storm clouds

Severe storms to bring strong winds, heavy rain to MN on Sunday

The storms are expected to arrive mostly in the afternoon.

tornado

Thousands still without power after Friday storms in Minnesota

Areas just north of Minneapolis were hit hard.

Severe storms bring heavy rain, strong winds to Minnesota

Damage is being reported in southeast Minnesota.

Dalton tornado

More than 50,000 without power after severe storms, tornadoes

A huge swath of central and southern Minnesota is in the bullseye.

Severe storms hammer Minnesota, thousands left without power

Wind gusts hit up to 70mph in parts of the state.

High winds knock out power to thousands in the metro

Approximately 10,000 people were without power around 2:30 p.m.

Sartell flooding road

Heavy rain, flooding, severe storms all possible through Thursday

Folks in southern Minnesota could pick up ridiculous rain totals.

17K still without power after Sunday's storm

High winds brought down branches across the metro.