A severe thunderstorm warning was declared on Sunday evening after a fast-moving storm capable of producing 60 mph wind bursts developed and swept across the south metro.
Within minutes, sunny skies turned ominous as winds picked up before the rain and lightning even began, sending many people running for cover.
Roof, siding and tree damage was expected and was quickly realized. Trees and branches snapped in areas of Plymouth, north Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Forecasters also warned that boats could be swamped by large, white-capped waves -- even on small bodies of water. Rescue crews rushed to Hyland Lake Park to rescue dozens of boaters whose vessels capsized, but no injuries were reported.
The strongest storm sprouted near the Morris area in western Minnesota and then rumbled its way eastward toward the Twin Cities, but it lost steam as it passed on into western Wisconsin.
A storm gust of 59 mph was measured at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Winds also gusted as high as 58 mph near Appleton in Swift County of western Minnesota, and there were reports of hail as large as 1 inch at Starbuck in nearby Pope County.
Other lines of storms moving from northeastern Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin knocked out power to about 7,000 Minnesota Power customers in Duluth on Sunday evening.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.