Weekend Storms Wreak Havoc across Minnesota

Updated: 06/15/2014 2:41 PM
Created: 06/14/2014 1:49 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Damage was reported across the Twin Cities as gusts of high winds blew through the metro Saturday afternoon and thunderstorms rolled in at night.

The National Weather Serviced issued a High Wind Warning on Saturday for eastern counties and western Wisconsin, but the wind came as a surprise, KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan says.

Several sailboats capsized during a regatta on Lake Minnetonka Saturday morning. All the racers were safe, event officials said.

Downed trees and power lines affected residents across the metro. In Minneapolis, one home could be seen with a tree branch poking through its roof and another had its chimney top knocked down after trees were uprooted from the strong winds.

The St. Paul Fire Department responded to more than 60 weather-related calls in two hours. Officials said most calls were for downed wires.

The department said any wires down should be considered hot and residents should call 911 right away.

Xcel Energy reported around 106,000 customers were without power at some point during the storms. Crews worked overnight to restore power and the company even called in additional workers to help.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recorded winds over 68 mph for nearly an hour Saturday, the National Weather Service reported. MSP officials halted flights going in or out of the airport around 2 p.m. due to the weather. Some were canceled altogether.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll through Saturday night and overnight, Sam says. This cluster has the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

The effects of the storm aren't limited to the Twin Cities. In southern Minnesota around Ruthton, a wind turbine was damaged by lightning around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officials closed all four lanes of Interstate 90 from Luverne to the South Dakota border.

KELO-TV reports officials re-opened the eastbound lanes of the interstate around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Water up to four feet high from heavy rains covered the freeway earlier in the morning.

This photo of lightning was taken at a graduation party in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
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A wind turbine was damaged from lightning in southern Minnesota around 6:30 p.m.
Photo: Tea Storm Chasers
This photo shows a downed tree near Wood Duck Trail and Marschall Road in Shakopee.
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Minneapolis/St. Paul

64° | 56°
  • Feels like: 58° F
  • Wind: E 9mph
  • Humidity: 97%