Storm System Causes Damage in Metro Area, Western Minnesota; Crews Work to Restore Power

June 14, 2017 11:30 AM

Storms late Tuesday night rolled through the Twin Cities, leaving behind damage and thousands of people without power again Wednesday morning.

The storm was part of a system that brought stronger storms to western Minnesota just hours earlier.

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The storms ripped through the Twin Cities quickly, knocking over trees and power lines in some areas, including Bloomington.

KSTP spoke with Xcel Energy Wednesday morning and at about 5:30 a.m., there were roughly 23,000 people in the metro and surrounding area without power. At roughly 11:30 a.m., there were about 5,000 people still affected.

Take a look at the outage map here.

Heavy rain coupled with high winds and gusts up to 60 miles per hour wreaked havoc on power grids. Xcel Energy crews were working overnight into Wednesday to restore power.

The work overnight was in addition to what have been a busy few days for power crews, as work is still being done to restore power from Sunday's storms.

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Xcel Energy says its crews, in some cases, are essentially rebuilding portions of the power grid.

While the Twin Cities were mostly spared from significant damage, parts of northern Minnesota weren't as lucky. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports cabins and farm buildings were damaged near Lake Miltona and Lake Ida.

Meanwhile, in Radium, a small town about five hours away from the Twin Cities, a few pole sheds and grains bins were destroyed on a farm.

Additionally, a tornado touched down in Stevens County, near Morris, in western Minnesota.

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There were no reports of major damage or injuries by Wednesday morning.

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