Severe thunderstorms bring street flooding, tree damage, power outages to Twin Cities

A line of intense thunderstorms rolled across southern Minnesota on Wednesday night, causing wind damage, localized flooding and power outages across the Twin Cities.

The storm reached the westernmost suburbs about 7 p.m. with winds gusting up to 67 mph near Eden Prairie, according to Paige Marten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Although some unconfirmed tornado reports were received from southwestern Minnesota, none were reported in the Twin Cities, Marten said. The NWS canceled the last tornado warnings for the metro shortly area before 9 p.m. No damage from the southwestern Minnesota tornado sightings was immediately reported.

The storm brought damaging winds to Hennepin, Ramsey and other metro counties, with downed trees and power outages widely reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

A 77-mph gust was logged in Shakopee, while the doors of a Target store in Roseville were blown out.

they don't call us the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing…

— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) May 12, 2022

Nearly 83,000 utility customers were without power as of 10 p.m. That included 74,000 Xcel Energy customers, mostly in the Twin Cities.

In addition to the wind, the storm dumped torrential rain and large hailstones — some up to 2 inches — on the metro. Several areas reported flooded roads and underground parking facilities. Nearly 2 inches of rain was officially recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Although the worst of the storm had moved on into western Wisconsin by about 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Twin Cities are bracing for a second night of possible storms Thursday.

Thursday is expected to dawn mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures likely reaching the low 90s with high humidity.

“It will feel like a hot summer day,” Marten said.

A cold front is expected to roll in from the Dakotas in the afternoon and evening. The forecast calls for severe weather that is “fairly similar to today’s event,” according to Marten.

Two abandoned,drowned cars, cty rd B2 by Rosedale tonight. #mnwx

— Elizabeth D. Thomas (@MarriageKids) May 12, 2022

Just a little touch of a Class 1 hurricane here in Minnesota. @svensundgaard #ThanksGlobalWarming

— meghan walsh (@chitipamzungu) May 12, 2022

SW Mpls. Yep, that’s my backyard pine on fire and leaning on the power line.

— Lynn Barnhart (@lynnbarnhart) May 12, 2022

Power poles and lines pushed sideways at County Rd C and Cleveland Ave in Roseville,MN 8:39pm (MPX)[email protected]#mnwx @WCCOShaffer @fox9kmsp @wccoweather @WeatherNation

— Nick & Amanda Elms (@PrairieWndChsrs) May 12, 2022

Quite a light show after the hail, wind, rain, and tornado warning tonight in Red Wing!#mnwx @svensundgaard

— JerryOlson (@JerryOlson) May 12, 2022

Pebble size hail in apple valley. @svensundgaard @MPRweather @NWSTwinCities @BelindaKARE11 @GuyBrownWeather

— mike landry (@IdeasPhysics) May 12, 2022

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