July 12, 2017 09:15 PM
The north metro and parts of western Wisconsin woke up to downed trees and no power after rain and thunderstorms rolled through the area.
Xcel Energy said in a press release about 9,000 customers are experienced power outages after the severe weather, mostly in areas east of the Twin Cities metro.
By 3:15 p.m., Xcel's Outage Map showed 65 outage orders affecting just over 1,300 customers in the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota.
Connexus Energy said 5,000 of its customers are without power.
More than 350 employees and contractors are working to restore power and have already done so for thousands of customers. Xcel Energy reports more than 56,000 were initially without power this morning.
The Wyoming Police Department tweeted that trees are completely blocking some roads, including a 75-foot pine tree uprooted and completely blocking Kettle River Boulevard.
The department also tweeted that crews are working to clear trees and restore power.
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KSTP Photographer Chris Knoll reports as of 6 a.m. traffic lights are out in several areas in Forest Lake, and large trees are down.
KSTP's Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said showers will move out this morning. Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny, warm and humid.
The humidity should break Wednesday night, and Thursday is tracking to stay in the 70s, Barlow said.
The weekend though is still tracking 90-degree weather, which is the eighth time we've hit the 90s so far this summer.
Updated: July 12, 2017 09:15 PM
Created: July 12, 2017 05:48 AM
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