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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Storm causes damage, heavy rain to Prescott area, Twin Cities metro, SE Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

A massive storm moved over the Prescott area, Twin Cities metro, SE Minnesota and western Wisconsin late afternoon Tuesday and late into the evening.

Power was out for over 130,000 Xcel Energy customers in this region and Xcel officials and automated phone and website estimated by 8 p.m. power would be restored to customers.

Rains in excess of two inches caused localized flooding, especially over roads and highways. Such roads were also littered with storm debris from branches and leaves to parts of buildings. This was due to sustained winds from 50-70 mph gusting in many places beyond 70 mph. Reports in Pepin County had gusts up between 90-106 mph and tornadic activity was reported in an area stretching from Alma to Wabasha, Minn. and Plum City and far eastern Pierce County, where emergency government officials believe most of the county's severe damage was located. Farms, buildings and business took damage, especially in the Arkansaw-Durand area of Pepin County and roads were covered with debris and made difficult to pass through according to the Pepin County Sheriff's Department

Initial reports from the Prescott area indicated the power was out only for a short time. While streets and roads were covered in water due heavy rains, damage was not as severe as in other parts of the storm area.

Thunderstorms continue to be in the forecast in the overnight Wednesday into much of Thursday before clearing out for the weekend.

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