Photo courtesy Carlie Fuller of Eagan. Shows evergreen tree down in front of home.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A late season thunderstorm blew through the Twin Cities late Saturday night, toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands.
As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Xcel Energy reported more than 2,000 customers without electricity, most of those in the east metro. At the height of the storm, more than 7,000 customers lost power.
The National Weather Service reported a 70 mph wind gust in St. Paul around 11:15 p.m. There are also reports of large trees down and dumpsters in the street near the St. Paul Downtown Airport.
Trees were also reported down in the Dakota County area including Apple Valley, Eagan, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights.
KARE 11 viewer Carlie Fuller of Eagan sent in pictures showing a 60 foot evergreen toppled in front of a home. She says a table shattered a neighbors window and basketball hoops were knocked over in the storm.
Emergency crews were still dealing with downed power lines and trees early Sunday morning.
The storms capped off a day of record heat Saturday. The Twin Cities topped out at 69 degrees, a new record high. The southern part of the state hit the mid-70s. But a drastic change comes Sunday with temps in the 30s and a few snow flurries falling across the area.
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