Friday night storms causes extensive power outages

Trees are down and power is out throughout much of the metro area Saturday, after strong storms moved through about 7-9 p.m. Friday night, and then again in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22.

Xcel Energy estimated that 276,000 customers remain without power Saturday morning; power has been restored to 214,000 customers.

Also, weekend events in Minnetonka and Wayzata have been cancelled.

Wind gusts as high as 69 mph at the Crystal Airport were reported to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of 40 miles mph in Monticello, 50 mph in Maple Grove, and 61 mph at the MSP airport were reported from the storm, called “Severe Bow Echo” by the weather service. The highest in Minnesota was wind gusts of 85 mph in Benson. Much of the state reported winds in the 40-50 mph area.

Rain totals of 1-4 inches caused flash flooding in Minneapolis, Falcon Heights, Delano (water over Hwy. 12 downtown) and Robbinsdale, where water flowing down the streets.

Other localized storm reports:

  • One-inch hail in Scott County.
  • Many large trees down with property damage in Medina, 2-3 foot diameter trees; wind measured at 52 mph.
  • Plymouth, large tree (28-inch) down blocking Timber Crest Drive; flash flooding at County Rd. 47 to 72nd Street, 1 foot of water on the road.
  • Medicine Lake, multiple 2-3 foot diameter trees and power lines down on the west side of Medicine Lake.
  • Maple Grove, 16-inch tree uprooted at June Lane and 65th Place N.
  • Trees down in New Brighton, Eden Prairie, Maple Plain, Loretto, Crystal, St. Louis Park.
  • Crystal, shed and gazebo blown down.

 Xcel Energy reports it has crews coming in from throughout the Midwest are working on restoring power: “Last night’s storm produced heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and hail, resulting in significant damage to our distribution infrastructure in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The number of customers impacted by the new weather event is now estimated at 276,000.

“Xcel Energy crews and contractors have restored service to more than 214,000 customers from the onset of this event which has seen 475,000 customers affected.

“We continue to assess the situation and determine a course of action for the large-scale restoration. Given the extent of the damage, restoration times will be prolonged, as this develops into a significant multi-day event.

“Our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the impacted customers.”

Events cancelled, libraries closed due to storms

Minnetonka activities planned for June 22, including the 8K race, Burwell House Ice Cream Social, Summer Festival and Fireworks have been canceled due to power outages and damage from overnight storms.

Minnetonka city officials reported via Twitter Saturday morning that 35 trees have been reported down throughout the city. Crews will work on removing the critical trees on Saturday, then resume clean up on Monday.

Hennepin County Library System libraries in Wayzata, Northeast, Roosevelt, St. Anthony and Webber Park are closed today because of power outages. Others are open and book sales will be held as planned at Rockford Road (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Nokomis (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The St. Louis Park Library opened about 10:30 once power was restored there.

Plymouth Library was open but telephones and computers were not working as of 10 a.m.

Storm damage throughout Wayzata is extensive, and has forced the cancellation of the Wayzata Art Experience event.

According to the city’s website:

The City of Wayzata Public Works and Public Safety crews have worked through the night to clear roadways due to downed trees. Many power lines that are down may still be live — take extreme caution if you are out on the roadways or in your neighborhood.  Due to Public Safety concerns and in coordination with the Wayzata Chamber, the Art Experience has been cancelled. Businesses on the east end of Wayzata Blvd (north side of the street) have power, but the majority of Wayzata is without power.  As is being noted in many media reports, expect power outages for a few days.

Power has been restored to the Edina Aquatic Center and opened at 11:30 a.m. as usual Saturday.