Storms, high wind leave 72,000 without power in MN 19 Jun 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – It’ll be a steamy day ahead for some Minnesotans, especially those who lack power and air conditioning.

Xcel Energy says 72,000 customers lost electricity in strong storms overnight. About 60,000 Twin Cities area customers still lacked service by 9 a.m., particularly in the east metro area.

Power outages, downed lines and downed trees and branches snarled the morning commute in some areas. In Apple Valley, Pilot Knob Road closed in both directions after 14 power poles were downed or snapped. Gusts reached 83 mph in Belle Plaine and 80 mph around 4 a.m. in New Prague.

Highs are forecast in the 90s Tuesday with high humidity. Evening thunderstorms are expected. A flash flood watch is out for a large part of Minnesota from the south to the west and northeast.