MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Severe thunderstorms came — and went — through the metro area, bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and hail.

Several counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning through the afternoon.

Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said Minneapolis was just scraped by the storm while Roseville, St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights took a heavy beating with flooding rain and 60 to 70 mph winds. Areas of Anoka County reported damage due to the storm, but nothing severe.

Once the storm cleared out, the dew point record was broken. A dew point of 82 degrees was reported at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, beating a previous record of 81 degrees in 1999. That marks the highest dew point in the Twin Cities’ history, since records began in 1945.

Officials with Connexus Energy said Tuesday afternoon that as many as 5,000 customers are without power due to the severe weather that hit the north and east parts of the Twin Cities metro. The outages were due to strong winds that knocked down trees in many communities. Crews are out working to restore power, and officials said all customers should have their power back by no later than 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Check out photos from Tuesday’s storm

Comments (13)
  1. heck in a hand basket says:

    This was God’s way of saying “Listen to the GOP”!

    1. Sue says:

      I figured it was God’s way of saying “stop listening to the GOP and get rid of them”.

  2. I see stupid people says:

    I was at walmart today and a lady left her 4 month child in the car how stupid can people be, windows rolled up and the car off. The mother didnt know any better she said! she had obama stickers all over her bumper I guess the dems do need goverment to tell them what to do and how to live where to go

  3. M B says:

    Gah! It’s worse than the summer of 1988! Even our freak summers are getting worse.

    If you’re going to drag politics in, consider this: doesn’t the heat affect the older folks worse? And, isn’t the GOP considered the party of the *old* rich white guys? Wouldn’t that mean God is targeting the GOP for elimination instead of vindicating it?

  4. Jason says:

    Only a moron will try to turn an article about weather into a political forum

  5. worryfree says:

    The woman obviously was a Republican who got a good deal on a used car from a Democrat. The GOP is the party of global warming deniers so to them this is not a heat wave.

  6. jan says:

    Why are the global warming scoffing people so silent about this heat wave and so vocal during the cold winter? Could it be that they’re not so smart after all?

  7. Ree says:

    Because in order for the global warming to be true, wouldn’t it have to be a new record every day? Or at least new record average EVERY year?

  8. Ree says:

    Plus the story has nothing to do with warming; the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees. That’s not warming.

  9. Ree says:

    Plus the story has nothing to do with warming; the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees. That is not warming.

  10. jason says:

    No not at all. Global warming or not science does not work that way. You take averages periods of time and correlate that to an average rate of increase usually in the tenth of degrees.

    The record dew points are important though in that global warming would be more about a shift of moisture patterns in the atmosphere and increased cases of extreme weather. More snow in the winter. Higher dew points yes but drier summers overall. Wetter springs, etc.

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