Thunderstorms packing heavy rain, hail and high winds have pounded parts of southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. The National Weather Service says a cooperative observer measured 2.5-inch hail near La Crosse Thursday.
The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages
Heavy rain, high winds and hail have slowed Minnesota farmers in the field.
Near a small strip mall along South Robert Street in West St. Paul, no power meant no gas at the pumps, no stop lights at intersections and no customers inside Lisa Harrington’s Martinizing store.
High winds knocked over a semi-tractor trailer going down the highway during a thunder storm in western Wisconsin’s Trempealeau County.
Friday reached a high of 93 degrees, breaking the record that was originally set 101 years ago in 1911.
The Department of Natural Resources is warning of high fire danger over the southern half of Minnesota this weekend.
Do you like getting slapped in the face? Open your front door and step outside. The simulation will be striking.
Trees are down and boats have been blown ashore in Grand Marais.