Severe storms brought damaging winds, heavy rains and a few reports of tornadoes to Minnesota, where one person died in a crash that authorities say was caused by downed power lines.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power in southern Minnesota Thursday morning after Wednesday night’s storms knocked out service to more than 75,000 customers.
More potentially severe weather was forecast for Thursday that could bring hail, high winds and tornadoes from the Dakotas and Minnesota to other parts of the Midwest, the Storm Prediction Center said.
Martha Rodriguez, 30, died Wednesday night in an accident on Interstate 90 in southwestern Minnesota, the Minnesota State Patrol announced. Storms knocked down power lines across the highway in Nobles County, and the car she was riding in stopped to avoid hitting the wires and was hit by a large truck.
Torrential rains flooded some streets and highways in the Twin Cities area, with several reports of vehicles stranded in the flash flooding. The Allianz Field soccer field in St. Paul was flooded, postponing Wednesday’s game between Minnesota United and Colorado. The storms also brought hail larger than golf balls to Shakopee, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Weather watchers reported several tornado sightings as the storms moved through southern Minnesota. There were no immediate reports of damage from these possible tornadoes.
Tornado warning sirens sounded across much of the Twin Cities Wednesday night, with no immediate reports of tornado touchdowns in the metro area.