MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with Connexus Energy say a lineman had to be airlifted to a hospital after being injured during clean-up after Sunday morning’s severe weather.
Severe storms raced across the Twin Cities Sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, hail and damaging winds. Thousands are still without power, hours after the storm passed.
Officials say the incident happened as the lineman was working on storm clean-up and clearing downed power lines and poles off the road when contact occurred. It happened near 77th Street and County Road 53, northwest of Becker.
The lineman, who has not been identified, had to be airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.
Workers were called out to restore power to more than 12,000 customers. Connexus officials say as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, about 2,000 are still without power and that number could rise with more storms expected Sunday night.