Storms Damage Trees, Leave Thousands Without Power

Storms Damage Trees, Leave Thousands Without Power Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Jul 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP/KNSI) - St. Cloud was spared storm damage from the severe thunderstorms that rumbled through late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, but the rest of the state wasn't as lucky.

A lot of trees and power lines were knocked down in Alexandria.

Over 20,000 homes and businesses are without power in the Twin Cities metro and Eastern Minnesota.

In Washington County, a sheriff's dispatcher says Hugo and Forest Lake were inundated with downed power lines and trees as a result of the storms that hit early Wednesday morning.

In Anoka County, trees fell on homes and parked cars in Mounds View. Winds of 50 mph were recorded in Maple Grove, which also sustained significant tree damage.

Xcel Energy reported 14,000 customers in Washington County are without power, including more than 5,700 in Stillwater and 4,800 in the Forest Lake area.

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