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REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A fierce summer storm packing winds of 80 to 100 mph has blown across southwestern Minnesota, downing trees and power lines and ripping roofs off houses.

Marshall Fire Chief Marc Klaith says roofs were torn off in Marshall, Russell and Balaton, and a “significant amount of trees” are down in Marshall. But no injuries are reported.

Tyler Police Chief John Spindler believes a tornado hit his city just after 4 p.m. Friday. Spindler says the power may be out for up to a week.

Trees and power lines also are down in Redwood Falls. KLGR-AM was knocked off the air Friday.

In central Minnesota, McLeod County Emergency Management Director Kevin Mathews says the roof was torn off a Hutchinson animal medical center, and two semis were blown off highways.

Xcel Energy reports more than 44,000 customers without power in the Twin Cities just before 8:45 p.m.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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