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Latest Minnesota Weather
Almost all of the 250,000 Xcel Energy customers who lost service early Saturday morning during severe storms have now had their power restored.
Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers still without electricity after a weekend storm continues to shrink. A company spokeswoman says as of about 10 p.m. Sunday, the number of customers without service was down to about 5,400 around Twin Cities metro area.
Thousands are still without power in Minnesota more than a day after severe weather caused damage to power lines and outages across parts of the state.
It was a busy day of clean up for residents all over the metro. Thousands were without power for hours, and many residents saw boats, houses or cars ruined.
As the Twin Cities area cleans up from overnight storms, Xcel Energy says around 96,000 customers were still without power by Saturday afternoon, mostly in the western and eastern Twin Cities metro area.
The timing of the Saturday morning storm could not be worse for the Watertown area. The town was celebrating its annual Rails to Trails summer festival, but organizers canceled the event after surveying the damage.
The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado touched down in Carver County early Saturday morning during a loud and windy night of severe weather throughout the Twin Cities metro. The tornado caused extensive damage to trees and homes in Watertown and neighboring Hollywood Township.
A chorus of chainsaws and generator moans defines Jack Smith’s Brainerd backyard. “I know the first place you go is to Fleet Farm, get a generator and try to get back in business,” Smith said.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to visit the Brainerd Lakes area on Friday to survey the damage caused by Sunday’s severe thunderstorms. The clean-up still continues after winds up to 80 miles per hour toppled trees and damaged properties.
Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may have touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. There will be a big cleanup in the Brainerd Lakes area because of a number of big trees coming down during Monday night’s storm.
As many as 100 18-wheelers full of dirt were supposed to dump their load Monday at the site of the Frogtown Farm, a projected urban farm in the heart of the inner-city St. Paul neighborhood. They didn’t plan on Sunday night’s thunderstorms.
Severe thunderstorms are rolling across Minnesota Sunday night, and the Brainerd/Baxter area appears to be one of the communities hit hard early on. A dispatcher with the Brainerd Police Department said there are several reports of trees and power lines down in the city.
A hot and humid Sunday will be followed by evening severe storms. Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says Minnesotans are seeing the highest threat for severe weather this year, with the possibility of tornadoes, damaging winds and hail.
Wet weather and high humidity across North Dakota over the past week has delayed the hay harvest and spraying of newly planted crops. But the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the precipitation has been good for soil moisture and stock water supplies.
Persistent rains are bringing flood warnings for some western Wisconsin counties. Chippewa, Dunn and northern Eau Claire counties are all under flood watches this morning after 2 to 4 inches of rain fell in some areas.
Storms will sweep across Minnesota Sunday as the holiday weekend comes to a close. Meteorologist Lauren Casey says much of Sunday night and Monday’s activity will be in the central and southeastern parts of the state, where a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m.
A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south. National Weather Service forecasters say Tuesday that smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says our Monday will start out with sun and it will definitely feel steamy with dew points in the low to middle 60s. That sets up the potential for storms to develop late Monday afternoon and into the early evening hours.
A year after historic rainfall devastated a small Minnesota town, the recovery still isn’t complete. And now, the town is losing one of its last remaining businesses. Torrential rains washed away the roads leading into Blakeley Township in Scott County last June.
Strong winds and storms moved across the southern and central parts of Minnesota on Monday, felling trees and damaging buildings. WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey said that the highest recorded wind gusts were 76 mph in Jackson, and 74 mph in Worthington.
Longtime WCCO weatherman Bud Kraehling will be remembered this weekend during a public celebration.
The tornado that tore through the town of Wadena in 2010 left 4,000 community members working tirelessly to clean up the extensive damage. From the air, it looked like a war zone. Homes were flattened; a church was destroyed; school buses were covered in debris from all that was left of Wadena Deer Creek High School.
Forecasters say there’s a risk of flash flooding in southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected over southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin, with up to 6 inches in localized areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for those areas.
One of our youngest weather watchers is also our most active. Vanshay Murdock, 18, just finished his freshman year at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. And like most Minnesotans, weather is a huge part of his everyday life.