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Overnight storms cause damage in southern Minnesota

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Storm clouds blow in over St. Paul.
Storm clouds blow in over St. Paul on June 4, 2019.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Strong thunderstorms brought damaging winds, hail and torrential rain to a wide swath of southern Minnesota from late Saturday into early Sunday.

Fire officials in Hadley, in southwestern Minnesota's Murray County, reported strong winds damaged two garages in town — including one that was pushed off its foundation.

To the east, law enforcement officials reported trees and power lines down in Madelia and St. James in Watonwan County. Authorities reported a large tree fell on a house in Janesville in Waseca County.

Winds gusted in excess of 55 mph as the storms swept across the state overnight. Other damage reports from overnight included:

  • Trees and power lines down in Pipestone, Wilmont and Windom

  • Tree down causing a gas leak in Butterfield

  • Tree down on a power line, causing a fire, near Albert Lea

  • Trees down in Mankato, Mapleton, Owatonna, Winnebago and Hanska

  • Tree down blocking U.S. Highway 14 near Winona

Xcel Energy reported more than 2,000 customers without power in its Minnesota service area just after 7 a.m. Sunday; that number was dropping. 

There also was a report of hail larger than quarters in Mower County.

Heavy rain caused some street flooding in the Twin Cities during the early morning hours Sunday. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport received 1.74 inches of rain from the storms.

Other locations in southern Minnesota reported more than 3 inches of rain, including 3.56 inches of rain at Tracy in Lyon County.