June 11, 2017 05:47 PM
Xcel Energy Center reports more than 88,000 homes are without power after severe thunderstorms with strong winds blew through the Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud and western Wisconsin.
Xcel said more than 132,000 customers were initially impacted, and power has been restored to 45,000 people as of noon. More than 500 employees and contractors are working to restore power.
If you see a downed power line, Xcel Energy advises to stay away and call Xcel at 1-800-895-1999.
The storm reached downtown Minneapolis just before 9 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 60 mph in some areas. Winds in Meeker County, west of the Twin Cities, touched 80 mph.
Scattered storms are possible throughout the day.
Maple Grove experienced 50 mile per hour winds and marble-size hail at about 9 a.m. Radar estimated baseball-size hail in Washington County near Mahtomedi and Stillwater, according to the National Weather Service.
Unusual sight for June! Public Works crews remove hail from streets. Mostly leaves/twigs/debris from storm damage & clogged storm drains. pic.twitter.com/t8mGnmznqA— City of Coon Rapids (@coonrapidsgov) June 11, 2017
At least 2,000 flights are delayed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
Check out KSTP's interactive radar for a detailed look at the storm's path.
Temperatures are expected to reach the 80s during the day Sunday, with a low of 68 degrees.
Cars are taking cover under overpasses on 394 pic.twitter.com/tWnltZ9HYE— Tyler Berg (@TBergKSTP) June 11, 2017
A pretty menacing storm approaching Minneapolis now. pic.twitter.com/YQSlibJ1q2— Tyler Berg (@TBergKSTP) June 11, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: June 11, 2017 05:47 PM
Created: June 10, 2017 07:22 PM
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