More than 2,300 people are reported without power after high winds swept across Minnesota this morning.
Xcel Energy was reporting outages across central Minnesota, but mostly in the Twin Cities, after an early morning windstorm. The National Weather Service said gusts neared 50 mph around Redwood Falls. In the Twin Cities, the wind knocked out power from Hugo to Prior Lake.
At about 10 a.m., Xcel said more 100 different outages affecting customers in Bloomington, and scores of others around Lake Minnetonka, Richfield, and northeastern suburbs on either side of Interstate 35E. Xcel reported more than 5,000 customers without power earlier today.
The National Weather Service said that a deep low pressure system moving from northern Minnesota to Lake Superior today will produce strong west winds from 20 to 30 mph, with occasional gusts reaching as much as 50 mph.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 3 p.m.