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 (http://cbsloc.al/LhKupv) 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.
Temp: 1°F (-17°C)
Wind: 17mph W