Storms slam metro with hail, high winds - KMSP-TV

Storms slam metro with hail, high winds

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Sunday will be a day of clean-up for many residents in the metro after a strong wave of storms swept across the Twin Cities overnight.

Residents in West St. Paul told FOX 9 News they suffered a sudden blast of straight-line winds just after 11 p.m., with a few witnesses saying they saw some rotation in the clouds.

The National Weather Service is currently working to determine what type of winds struck the area, but they certainly left behind a lot of damage Wind pulled pieces off of homes, tore up new sod, damaged cars, flipped over soda machines, and downed trees and power lines.

About 4,000 Xcel Energy customers were still without power on Sunday morning.

In Mendota Heights, some residents of a senior center had to be evacuated due to storm damage. Fire crews were called to the Villas of Lilydale on Sibley Memorial Highway at about 11:15 after a lightning strike.

At first, crews thought the lightning had sparked a fire, but they didn't find any flames. Instead, investigators believe that a few holes in the roof triggered the fire sprinklers.

No one was injured.

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