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High Winds Buffet Much Of Minnesota, Knock Out Power

Shelf cloud. (Paul Lenzmeier)

UNDATED  (AP) – A storm packing straight-line winds approaching 80 mph has moved through Minnesota, leaving in its wake damaged homes and structures, toppled trees and several thousand blacked-out utility customers.

Matt Friedlein, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Twin Cities, tells The Associated Press that no injuries were reported from the storm that entered southwest Minnesota Friday afternoon and took nearly six hours to pass through the central portion of the state before slipping into northwest Wisconsin.

Affected areas included Marshall, Redwood Falls, the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.

No injuries were reported.

Friedlein said weather service officials will determine over the weekend whether any tornadoes touched down.

Xcel Energy said Friday night that more than 44,000 customers were without power in the Twin Cities.

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