High winds rake across SW Minn., reach Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A burst of heavy rain and high winds has toppled trees in the Twin Cities.

Hennepin County Emergency Management Director Eric Waage (WAH’-jhee) says he sees “quite a few large trees down” as he surveys damage from the Friday night storm.

Waage says a wind gust of 57 mph knocked out power to the emergency operations center in Medina (meh-DYE’-nuh). He says the generator kicked on.

Xcel Energy reports more than 59,000 customers without power in the Twin Cities.

Near Maple Plain, a spotter reports 2.2 inches of rain fell in a half-hour.

Street flooding is reported in Robbinsdale and Maple Grove.

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