Snapped Power Pole Leaves Entire City of South St. Paul in the Dark

Updated: 07/08/2014 12:57 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 4:37 PM
By: Jennie Olson

The Twin Cities was hit with another wave of storms Monday night.

KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl says the storms that moved through around 5 p.m. brought heavy rain, lightning and hail. Cities in the West Metro saw large, damaging hail.

Glencoe officials say the city was without power, and the dispatch center was running on a backup generator.

The storm also caused problems in South St. Paul. A power pole near Southview Boulevard and Highway 52 snapped around 8 p.m., and power was still out in the area until Tuesday morning. 

The entire city was in the dark for about an hour Monday night as well, including the South St. Paul Police Department. Extra officers had to be called in because the locks at the station stopped working.

In the South Metro, standing water on Interstate 494 in Bloomington forced cars to find another way around.

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Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl
Large hail in Shakopee.
Photo courtesy of Bob Zondlo

Minneapolis/St. Paul

87° | 71°
  • Feels like: 74° F
  • Wind: S 12mph
  • Humidity: 64%