High winds are affecting a wide stretch of the upper Midwest, from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says sustained winds Tuesday afternoon will top 30 mph, with gusts reaching 45 to 50 mph.
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation says high winds and extreme cold will make travel risky in parts of Minnesota. Officials are urging no unnecessary travel in south-central and southwestern Minnesota Tuesday night.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is citing more than $55 million in public response costs and infrastructure damage in a formal application for federal disaster aid stemming from June’s widespread flooding, mudslides and high winds. Dayton made the request Wednesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
Tim Murphy has seen his share of Minnesota spring storms over the years. But he says the one that rolled through this uppertown St. Paul neighborhood Saturday afternoon was a little different. “This was a shorter storm and it was more violent in a chunkated amount of time,” Murphy said.
A tree fell onto a homeowner’s garage in Richfield, Minn. Saturday afternoon due to strong winds. The house was located around 67th Street and Clinton Avenue South. Power lines were also downed in that area, knocking out power.
Tens of thousands of metro residents are without power Saturday afternoon due to high winds, according to an Xcel Energy spokeswoman. As of 1 p.m., there are about 12,000 customers without power in the metro area; 10,000 are in the western metro and 2,000 in the eastern metro.
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.
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Trees are down and boats have been blown ashore in Grand Marais.