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Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines in Twin Cities

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the National Weather Service are taking a look at downed trees and damaged buildings to see what kind of storm moved through the Twin Cities — bringing wind gusts up to 70 mph.

Meteorologist Chris Franks says a tornado would be rare this late in the season.

The high winds from Saturday’s late-season storm knocked out power to 12,000 customers at one point. Xcel Energy says only 1,000 were still without power by Sunday afternoon and it was expected to be fully restored by Sunday night.

West St. Paul and Mendota Heights were among the hardest hit, with numerous down trees and reports of structural damage. A senior living center in Lilydale sustained damage.

The storm came after Saturday’s record-breaking temperature of 69 degrees.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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