Trees, power lines down after heavy rains, wind

9:05 AM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A fast-moving storm has swept through much of the metro area bringing high winds, heavy rain and some hail.

Winds gusted more than 60 miles an hour and skies turned a greenish color at about 7:45 on the west side of the metro area.

Almost as soon as the severe weather moved into the Twin Cities, reports of power outages and downed trees began.

Hennepin County Emergency Management Director Eric Waage says he sees "quite a few large trees down" as he surveys damage from the Friday night storm.

Waage says a wind gust of 57 mph knocked out power to the emergency operations center in Medina (meh-DYE'-nuh). He says the generator kicked on.

Xcel Energy reports more than 59,000 customers without power in the Twin Cities. More than 200 crews are currently working to restore power.

Near Maple Plain, a spotter reports 2.2 inches of rain fell in a half-hour.

Street flooding is reported in Robbinsdale and Maple Grove.

The National Weather Service reports a trained spotter measured 1.48 inches of rain in a 40-minute period in Hudson in St. Croix County Friday night.

Six inches of water is reported over the road on Highway 63 and Highway 12 north of Baldwin.

Earlier the same storm produced a tornado. The National Weather Service says a trained spotter sighted a tornado northwest of Tracy around 5:15 p.m. Friday. But the Lyon County sheriff's office has received no reports of damage or injuries.

Hail measuring 1.75 inches is reported in Minneota and Marshall.

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