ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - There are numerous reports of trees and power lines down following a line of storms that passed over Minnesota and Wisconsin late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Tom Egan of Alexandria woke up to find large trees down in his yard.
"I woke up right during the worst of it, right before the trees fell, Egan said. "I looked out the front window and all I saw was white, everything going sideways."
Similar scenes were reported closer to the Twin Cities metro, with KARE 11 viewers sharing photos of downed trees and power lines in Forest Lake, Mounds View, and several other communities.
In Washington County, a sheriff's dispatcher says Hugo and Forest Lake were inundated with downed power lines and trees as a result of the storms that hit early Wednesday morning. Tree damage is also said to be extensive in Marine on St. Croix.
In Anoka County, trees fell on homes and parked cars in Mounds View. Winds of 50 mph were recorded in Maple Grove, which also sustained significant tree damage.
Xcel Energy reported more than 56,000 customers lost service in the storm that moved through central Minnesota before landing in the Twin Cities northern suburbs. The utility company said 350 workers had that number reduced to 29,000 by mid-morning, and by early afternoon it was down to 9,000. Xcel expects that all will be restored by 8 p.m. Wednesday.