Storms knock out power to 17,000

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Jun 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Severe thunderstorms with strong winds knocked down trees and cut power to more than 17,000 Xcel Energy customers in the Twin Cities area.

In Scott County, a 48-foot grain bin was blown into a field and a roof was ripped from an outbuilding. In Freeborn County, a wind gust of 73 mph was recorded near Conger where a trained spotter reported a roof had blown off a shed.
WCCO radio ( reports severe weather sparked a fire at two houses in Apple Valley Sunday night. Fire officials say lightning hit a gas meter on one of the homes, traveled along the gas line and ignited another nearby house.
Xcel Energy had restored service to all but about 1,900 by Monday morning.


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