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Storm knocks out power to thousands, downs trees in Twin Cities metro

A day of record-breaking temperatures on Saturday was followed by a late season thunderstorm and damaging high winds overnight. The National Weather Service is still working to confirm whether it was straight-line winds or a rare late-season tornado that knocked out power to about 12,000 customers, the Star Tribune reports.
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A day of record-breaking temperatures on Saturday was followed by a late season thunderstorm and damaging high winds overnight.

KARE 11 reports that the late night thunderstorm that blew through the Twin Cities knocked out power to thousands, toppled trees and left plenty of damage to clean-up. There were also reports of downed trees down near the St. Paul Downtown Airport and in the Dakota County communities, including Apple Valley, Eagan, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights.

The National Weather Service is still working to confirm whether it was straight-line winds or a rare late-season tornado that knocked out power to about 12,000 customers, the Star Tribune reports. In St. Paul, winds were clocked at 70 m.p.h.

Fox 9 News reports, some residents of a senior center in Mendota Heights had to be evacuated after a lightning strike.

Meanwhile, the Bismark Tribune reports parts of northwest North Dakota got up to 18 inches of snow over the weekend.

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