Evening storms knocked out power, downed trees, and flooded streets in MN



Strong storms moved through Minnesota – including the Twin Cities – Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Here's a look back at how the severe weather unfolded.

10:40 p.m. – A stormy night winds down

There will be cleanup to do where all the trees blew down but before we put the storm in the rear view mirror, here's a look at some of the striking images in created:






10:10 p.m. – Storms still severe in the southeast

While rain has let up across most of Minnesota, the southeastern corner of the state is still getting battered. Severe storm warnings for Houston and Winona Counties last through 10:45.


9:25 p.m. – Tornado report in Wabasha County

The National Weather Service says a tornado was reported on the ground in southeastern Minnesota and that it caused some damage in Wabasha County this evening.


Also, the forecast that the storms could bring 80 mph winds proved pretty accurate. The Weather Service says a 79 mph gust was clocked about seven miles from Cannon Falls at 8:10 p.m.

Xcel Energy was reporting at 9:15 that more than 120,000 of its customers were without power. In northeastern Minnesota, KBJR said another 9,000 customers served by other utility companies were also without lights.

There were no reports of injuries but there were some dramatic escapes from flooded vehicles in the Twin Cities.


8:00 p.m. – New warnings for southeastern MN

Severe thunderstorm warnings apply to Dodge, Olmsted, and Wabasha Counties until 9 p.m. There are also warnings for Dakota and Goodhue Counties until 8:45 and for Hennepin, Ramsey, and Scott Counties until 8:15.

Current warnings and watches are listed by the National Weather Service here.


There's also a severe storm warning in northeastern Minnesota for parts of St. Louis and Lake Counties.


Meanwhile, the flooding photos stream in.



7:40 – Some streets impassable, flash flood warning issued

Street flooding became the greatest danger in the Twin Cities area in the mid-evening. A flash flood warning is in effect in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka Counties until 11:15 p.m.


The Star Tribune reports first responders in Fridley rescued five or six people from floodwaters that were four to five feet deep on University Ave. near 47th Ave. SE.


At 7:30 p.m., Xcel Energy was reporting 100,000 customers had lost power in more than 1,300 outages.


6:55 – Storms moving into southeastern MN

The heaviest rain is moving south and east out of the Twin Cities, but southern Minnesota remains under a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warnings continue in Scott, Carver, Washington, Rice, Sibley, McLeod, and Le Sueur Counties.

As the rain lets up further west, photos being posted show damage in rural areas and flooded streets in the cities.




6:45 – Flooded roads beginning to block Twin Cities traffic




6:25 – Storm warnings extended

The severe thunderstorm warning for Washington County, on the eastern edge of the Twin Cities, now runs through 7:15. In northern Minnesota, a warning for Aitkin, Itasca, and St. Louis Counties lasts until 7. The warning for the western Twin Cities continues through 6:45.

Current warnings and watches are available here.

Xcel Energy is reporting more than 700 outages, most of them in the western Twin Cities area (Find their current map here).


6:10 p.m. – Thousands without power

The storm has knocked out power for thousands of people.


Xcel Energy's outage map shows nearly 3,000 people are without power in the Buffalo, Monticello and St. Michael area.


6 p.m. – Storms cause delays at MSP




5:55 p.m. – Storms reach Twin Cities

A Severe thunderstorm warning that includes Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington Counties is in effect until 6:45 p.m. Twin Cities residents are urged to take cover.



5:25 p.m. – 2-inch hail and winds over 70 mph reported

Tornado warnings have expired, but severe thunderstorms remain in the area. Some of the heaviest storms are in Kandiyohi and Renville Counties of west central Minnesota ... and in the northern Twin Cities area including Hennepin, Anoka, Wright, and Sherburne Counties.




4:40 p.m. – Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings in effect

The National Weather Service has issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of central Minnesota. For current weather alerts, click here.

The tornado warning, which includes part of Wright County and Kandiyohi County, is in effect until 5 p.m. There's also severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for those areas.



4:30 p.m. – Severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Twin Cities, and much of south-central and southeastern Minnesota.


As the storm moves east, watches could change into warnings. For the latest on the weather alerts, click here, or follow the National Weather Service Twin Cities on Twitter here.


4 p.m. – 80 mph wind gusts possible

The National Weather Service said a tornado was spotted in Swift County Tuesday afternoon, and the agency has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for much of south-central and southwestern Minnesota. (Click here for the latest weather alerts.)

The storm, which could produce wind gusts of up to 80 mph, is expected to reach the St. Cloud, Litchfield and Redwood Falls areas between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; the western Twin Cities metro between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and the Twin Cities between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service says.

"Significant widespread wind damage" is possible, the weather service notes, including downed trees and some structural damage.


For more on the forecast, check out the original story below.

After a pleasant, sunny Fourth of July weekend, things are likely going to get wet and windy on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says there is an "enhanced risk" of severe thunderstorms across the southern half of the state, including the Twin Cities.

At the storm's worst, large hail, heavy winds and isolated tornadoes are possible, while heavy rain could lead to localized flooding.

The storms are expected to arrive in the Twin Cities in the afternoon and will continue into the evening, and it will be humid throughout the day, with temperatures between 85 and 90 degrees.

Stormy weather has started already in west-central Minnesota, with the Morris, Benson and Milan areas affected. There is currently some heavy rain moving across the St. Cloud area.

But the more serious stuff is expected to appear this afternoon.


The NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for 48 counties in Minnesota. There's a "slight" and "marginal" chance for severe weather in the northeast portion of the state too.


With air temperatures pushing 90, the added humidity will make it feel even hotter, with heat index values expected to peak in the mid-90s just before the storms hit.

Anyone spending time outdoors should take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.


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