Cleanup continues, residents await power after Friday night storms pummel metro

Xcel Energy crews worked to restore power on Sunday to customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin after Friday night's storms. As of Sunday morning, 26,000 customers were still without power of the 240,000 initially left in the dark. Officials expect power to be restored to 95 percent of those homes and businesses by midnight, with the remaining outages to be amended come Monday. TAP TO VIEW PHOTOS

About 100 houses in Richfield, Minn. were still without power on the north side of the city on Sunday. Some residents had received false text messages from Xcel Energy suggesting power would be restored earlier, but Xcel officials said there was a glitch, plus, the outage numbers on their website have been inaccurate.

Downed power lines and outages should be reported to 1-800-895-1999

Confirmed EF-1 tornado in Carver County

A line of severe storms barreled into the metro starting around 11:30 Friday night, bringing strong winds, blinding rains and wicked lightning. Tens of thousands were left without power, trees and roofs were damaged in several cities throughout the metro. The worst of the damage appears to be in Carver County, where the National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado with a wind speed of around 105 miles per hour touched down near Watertown.

Spotters and radar indicated the tornado 4 miles SSW of Watertown. By 3 a.m., between 50 and 60 emergency personnel were in the area to assess the damage. The Carver County Sheriff’s Department established a command post near Highway 7 and County Road 33, responding to numerous reports of tree and roof damage and some so-far unconfirmed reports of cars flipped over. 

Throughout the rest of the metro, lightning strikes started house fires in Bloomington and Minneapolis. Strong winds of between 50-60 miles per hour brought down trees and power lines in at least a half dozen other cities. 


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