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High winds cut power in metro area

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Jun 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — High winds caused problems around the Minneapolis area this weekend.

Sailboats capsized Saturday on Lake Minnetonka, air travel was delayed and power was knocked out to thousands.

The National Weather Service reported peak wind of 68 miles per hour in the area just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the regatta boats toppled in several bays on Lake Minnetonka and people had to be rescued from the water.

Just before 2 p.m., no planes were being allowed to take off or land from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and officials later advised travelers to check with airlines regarding delays.

Xcel Energy also reported about 20,000 customers without power in the Twin Cities metro Saturday afternoon. Downed trees also blocked streets in several areas.

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