Power outages, damage reported as 60mph-plus winds hammers Minnesota

A man in Iron was part of a crew removing a fallen tree when he was hit by another one.
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High winds have been causing damage across the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota, with gusts of over 60-mph recorded in the past 24 hours.

It was a blustery night in the metro area and residents are waking up to downed branches and crooked road signs, while in Iron, northern Minnesota, a man was injured by a falling tree.

According to the Xcel Energy outage map, more than 2,000 homes in the Twin Cities are without power this morning, while a further 2,000 homes are dark in La Crescent, southeast Minnesota.

Minnesota Power is reporting that just over 1,000 homes have lost power in the Sturgeon Lake/Willow River area, while Xcel's map shows around 4,500 homes are affected in northwest Wisconsin.

In Maplewood, police reported Tuesday night that traffic lights were not working and trees had been downed across the city.

In Iron, St. Louis County Police reported that the man injured by a falling tree, Robert Edblom, was actually working with a crew to remove another fallen tree when he was struck.

He was taken by helicopter to Essentia-Health St. Mary's in Duluth with non-life threatening injuries.

63 mph gust recorded

The wind is expected to continue throughout Wednesday morning, with a wind advisory in place for 24 counties – including Hennepin and Ramsey – until noon, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong winds with gusts near or above 45 mph will be possible, before tapering off during the afternoon, the NWS says.

Drivers have been warned that traveling on north-south roads in particular could be difficult.

It comes after a 24-hour period when gusts were recorded in the Twin Cities at 52 mph and in Fairmont at 63 mph, according to WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman.

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