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Minnesota Weather: 80,000 without power after severe storms swept subway – WCCO

UPDATE (5:25 am): Severe storms swept through the Twin Cities metro early Friday morning, leaving many downed trees and thousands without power.

At the time of writing, Xcel Energy reports that 80,000 customers are without power, especially in the southern metro. The utility said crews were working to restore service.

Forecaster Katie Steiner says storms have hit the area with wind gusts as strong as 64 mph. Hail and heavy showers were also reported.

Officials from Burnsville, Eagan, Savage and Apple Valley said they were all working to deal with the damage, most of which was felled trees.

On social networks, felled trees blocked the roads of the southern metro. Indeed, a Burnsville official said town trucks were being used to clear the debris.

According to Steiner, the storm system weakened considerably as it moved towards western Wisconsin.

As a result of the rain, the skies are expected to clear throughout the day, creating a sunny afternoon with temperatures reaching 70 degrees.

UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Parts of Minnesota recorded impressive rain totals Thursday night, and others are on their way overnight.

As the storms moved east across the state, they brought high winds and hail along with the precipitation.

Heavier precipitation will enter the state around 2 a.m., hitting the Twin Cities just before 5 a.m. This wave of thunderstorms will bring thunder and lightning, but probably nothing more serious.

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

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

A line of storms creeps east through central and northern Minnesota, bringing heavy rain, wind and hail. The threat of severe weather will begin to die down as the night progresses, but there will still be active thunderstorms, including heavy rain in the Twin Cities, throughout the night.

UPDATE (7:05 p.m.): Tornado warning for Morrison and Mille Lacs counties extended until 7:30 p.m.

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

St. Louis County Subject to Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 7:45 PM

UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): Tornado warning is in effect in Morrison and Thousand Lakes counties until 7:15 p.m.

A previous tornado warning for Todd County has expired.

In addition, 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.

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – While Thursday will be mostly sunny, hot and windy, thunderstorms are expected to develop in the evening, and some could become severe overnight.

The National Weather Service says that much of Minnesota, including the western half of the Twin Cities, has a low chance of experiencing extreme weather in the next 24 hours. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds, although isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

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Weather officials are encouraging the Minnesotans to pay attention to the weather Thursday night, especially if they plan to be outside.

Thunderstorms and showers will first develop over northern Minnesota Thursday evening, bringing much-needed rains to the drought-stricken region, according to forecaster Katie Steiner.

Initially, the threat to the north could be destructive winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. But as the evening wears on, more storms will set in along a cold front to the north and west.

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

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

The cool weather won’t last too long, however, as a wave of summer weather is forecast for the weekend. Sunday temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s and the heat appears to last until the start of the work week.