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Severe T-storm sweeps southern Minnesota

Published 9:17pm Friday, July 1, 2011

The National Weather Service on Friday evening issued a severe thunderstorm warning for south central Minnesota and north central Iowa.

The warning was set to expire at 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service said the storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail and destructive winds.

“This is a dangerous situation,” the warning states. “If you are in the path of this storm, prepare immediately for destructive winds that can uproot trees, down power lines and cause damage to roofs and windows.”

People were urged to stay indoors and stay away from windows.

The storm moved east at 50 mph.

At the time the storm struck Albert Lea, the severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Chisago, Dodge, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Mower, Olmsted, Olmsted, Pine, Steele, Wabasha, Wabasha and Winona counties in Minnesota and Winnebago and Worth counties in Iowa.

The storm continued east, and so did the T-storm warnings.

Elsewhere in Minnesota

MARSHALL — A fierce summer storm packing winds of 80 to 100 mph has blown across southwestern Minnesota, downing trees and power lines and ripping roofs off houses.

Marshall Fire Chief Marc Klaith said roofs were torn off in Marshall, Russell and Balaton, and a “significant amount of trees” are down in Marshall. But no injuries are reported.

Tyler Police Chief John Spindler believes a tornado hit his city just after 4 p.m. Friday. Spindler said the power may be out for up to a week.

Trees and power lines also are down in Redwood Falls. KLGR-AM was knocked off the air Friday.

In central Minnesota, McLeod County Emergency Management Director Kevin Mathews said the roof was torn off a Hutchinson animal medical center, and two semis were blown off highways.

Xcel Energy reports more than 44,000 customers without power in the Twin Cities just before 8:45 p.m.