Severe storms Thursday generated heavy damage, school closings
The line of severe storms that passed through the state Thursday evening left many areas without power and strewn with damage from wind and downed trees.
Cannon Falls was hit especially hard, with reports from city officials that streets would not be clear by Friday morning.
As a result, Cannon Falls Area Schools are closed Friday, as are Faribault and Owatonna schools. Cannon Falls Police Department Chief Jeffery McCormick said there were no storm-related injuries.
According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts of 60 mph were reported in West Concord and 49 mph on the helipad at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus.
The National Weather Service storm survey crews are working to confirm reports of tornadoes throughout the state.
Xcel Energy reported that around 85,000 customers were initially affected, while more than 10,000 of their customers from Mankato to Eau Claire, Wis., were still experiencing outages as of 8 a.m. Friday. Crews were working through the night to restore the power affected by downed trees and damaged power lines.