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Monday's storm uproots trees, strews debris throughout state

Updated: July 16, 2019 06:43 PM

Tuesday, people throughout the state were waking up to storm damage after heavy rain flooded streets and winds splintered branches.

Storm drains were filled with the quickly-accumulating rainfall and the National Weather Service reported significant rainfall totals throughout the metro area.

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A few drivers became stranded and had to leave their vehicles as they walked through water to find shelter from the storm. 

The storm blew through the state, leaving behind a trail of damage. Some residents described watching how quickly the storm developed Monday.

"Then instantly, quicker than I have seen it develop before, there was a roar and then almost like a wall of debris that you could see coming from the north to the south down our street," Shakopee resident Sean Corrigan said.

Corrigan said the storm damaged his air conditioning unit and took out nearby trees.

Another nearby family reported going outside their home to see a huge tree pulled up at the roots in their front yard.

"It was just super rainy, super windy and it was just unbelievable," one family member said. "Thirty seconds of pure chaos."

According to an update from Xcel Energy Tuesday, power was restored to all but 5,000 of the 50,000 who lost power Monday night into Tuesday morning.

"We understand that losing power is inconvenient, and we appreciate our customers' patience and understanding as our employees work to safely and quickly restore service for our customers," Xcel Energy officials said in a statement. "More than 750 employees and partners are currently assisting with this effort as many of the current power outages are due to damage from trees and tree limbs that broke during high winds last night."  

 As metro area residents began the cleanup process, Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said to expect more high temperatures and high humidity Tuesday, along with a few more thunderstorms.

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