June 12, 2017 09:29 AM
The scene in Coon Rapids Sunday looked like the aftermath of a snowstorm, as residents and public works employees took to the streets to shovel and plow hail.
A video submitted by viewer Zianya Steigauf (watch above) shows a makeshift river in the middle of the street with clumps of hail.
The storm damage impacted the area east of Hanson Boulevard, Coon Rapids said in a press release.
"There are few reports of trees down, but significant hail has piled up in several areas and leaves/debris is clogging storm sewer drains in several areas," the city said in an emergency alert to citizens. "Crews are out with front-end loaders (and even a snowplow!) removing storm debris and will continue working today. Thanks for your patience as we work to clean up from the storm and thanks for calling any reports in to 911."
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
The severe thunderstorms blew through St. Cloud to the metro area and western Wisconsin Sunday morning, producing hail, rains, strong winds and lightning. 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.
The Minnesota State Patrol says two people were hurt when wind gusts flipped a pickup and camper as the driver was moving onto the shoulder on a county road in Meeker County. They were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Xcel Energy reports as of noon, more than 88,000 customers are without power. The weather event caused outages for more than 132,000 people; however, Xcel says 45,000 customers have seen their power restored.
More than 500 employees and contractors are working to restore power.
More storms are possible throughout the day, but they are not expected to be as intense.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: June 12, 2017 09:29 AM
Created: June 11, 2017 12:29 PM
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