Reporting Aristea Brady
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.