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Minnesota storms dampen weekend activities

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Summer storms continued to dampen weekend activities in Minnesota with flooding and over 10,000 power outages reported across the metro, according to Xcel Energy.

The power was restored in Plymouth by late Saturday, but wild overnight weather on Friday caught residents off-guard, disrupting and delaying weekend plans. One resident reported collecting five inches of water in his rain gauge.

Vintage war planes were finally allowed to take off late Saturday afternoon at the Eden Prairie Air Expo.

For 93-year-old Liz Strohfus who came in from Faribault, Minn., the flash floods in her neighborhood forced her to arrive late, and miss the only opportunity she had this year to fly on a B-17 bomber.

"Doggone, I'm very disappointed," Strohfus said.

For many people in the metro, the inclement weather overnight caught them by surprise. By Saturday morning, multiple disruptions from flooding in Northfield, Minn. caused one basketball court turned into a swimming pool.

Power outages were reported in parts of Plymouth. Resident Larry McGowan had a close call after his oxygen tank, which runs on electricity, went out in his sleep.

Weather delayed the start time of a triathlon near Lake Nokomis as well.

As for Strohfus, she's waiting and hoping at the Air Expo for another spot to open up on that B-17 bomber before the end of the day, because despite the ailing sky, she simply loves to fly.

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