Storms produce little damage

Stillwater city officials said there was little reported damage from early morning storms today that welcomed the first day of summer.

Stillwater Police Department reports that came in around 10 a.m. included some downed branches that crews were out cleaning up this morning.

An Xcel Energy press release regarding Minnesota said the storm caused significant damage to their electric system, including a number of downed poles and power lines.
Outages were scattered throughout the state, with approximately 130,000 customers without power this morning. The company is assessing the damages and no restoration time was known this morning. There were outages reported throughout the Valley. In Wisconsin, the hardest hit area was Hudson, with many customers without power this morning.

The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen warns that more evening thunderstorms are expected Saturday through Thursday, with a slight risk of storms Saturday and Sunday. Major concerns include hail, high winds and possible flash flooding and rising river levels.

Tonight’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 p.m. with some storms producing heavy rain. It will be mostly cloudy with a low around 70 and winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday will have a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms that could produce heavy rain but it will be partly sunny with a high near 86 and winds from 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Contact Avery Cropp at [email protected]