Minnesota Weather: 70,000 Without Power After Blustery Storms Sweep Through Metro

17September 2021

UPDATE (6 a.m.): A line of severe storms swept over the Twin Cities metro early Friday morning, leaving many downed trees and thousands without power.

As of writing, Xcel Energy is reporting that more than 70,000 customers across the metro and western Wisconsin are without power, particularly in the south metro. The utility says crews are working to restore service.

Forecaster Katie Steiner says the storms lashed the area shortly before 4 a.m. with wind gusts as strong as 64 mph. Hail and heavy downpours were also reported in the early morning hours.

Officials in Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, and Apple Valley said they were all working to deal with the damage, most of which was downed trees. Indeed, a Burnsville official said that city trucks were being used to remove the debris, some of which were blocking roadways.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries or trees damaging homes.

Still, a WCCO-TV crew found many uprooted trees throughout the south metro. Residents in one Burnsville neighborhood near Echo Drive woke up to trees on top of cars, felled fencing, and, in one case, a trampoline flipped upside-down.

According to Steiner, the storm system weaken significantly as it moved into western Wisconsin before sunrise.

In the wake of the storms, skies are expected to clear throughout the day, making for a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the low 70s.

UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Parts of Minnesota saw impressive rain totals Thursday night, and more is on the way in the overnight hours.

As storms moved eastward through the state, they brought heavy wind and hail along with the rainfall.

More heavy rainfall will enter the state around 2 a.m., hitting the Twin Cities just before 5 a.m. That wave of storms will bring thunder and lightning, but likely nothing more severe.

Friday will be calm and comfortable, with a high of 72. Summer-like temperatures will return over the weekend.

UPDATE (8 p.m.): There are no active tornado warnings in Minnesota, though a tornado watch remains in effect in several northern Minnesota counties until midnight.

A line of storms is crawling east through central and northern Minnesota, bringing heavy rain, wind and hail. The severe weather threat will start to die out as the night goes on, but there will still be active thunderstorms, including heavy rain in the Twin Cities, through the overnight hours.

UPDATE (7:05 p.m.): A tornado warning for Morrison and Mille Lacs counties has been extended until 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, several northern Minnesota counties are under a tornado watch until midnight. The affected counties are Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis and Todd.

St. Louis County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:45 p.m.

UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): A tornado warning is in effect in Morrison and Mille Lacs counties until 7:15 p.m.

An earlier tornado warning for Todd County has expired.

Additionally, severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties until 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE (5:55 p.m.): A tornado warning has been issued for Morrison and Todd counties in central Minnesota.

The warning is in effect until 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, several northern Minnesota counties are under a tornado watch until midnight. The affected counties are Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis and Todd.

Aitkin and Crow Wing are also under severe thunderstorm warnings until 6:30 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While Thursday will mostly be sunny, warm and breezy, storms are expected to develop in the evening hours, and some could turn severe overnight.

The National Weather Service says much of Minnesota, including the western half of the Twin Cities, has a slight chance of experiencing severe weather over the next 24 hours. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds, although isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out.

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Weather officials are encouraging Minnesotans to be weather aware Thursday night, especially if planning to be outdoors.

According to forecaster Katie Steiner, storms and showers will first develop over northern Minnesota Thursday evening, bringing much-needed rain to the drought-stricken area.

Initially, the threat up north could be damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. But as the evening progresses, more storms will fire along a cold front in the north and west.

Later, more storms will develop to the south, but the threat will diminish to a slight risk for severe storms in the western part of the metro.

By sunrise, most of the system will have moved into western Wisconsin, making way for a clear, cool day.

The cool weather won’t last too long, however, as a surge of summer weather is in store for the weekend. Sunday’s temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s, and the heat looks to last into the start of the workweek.


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