High Winds Down Power Lines, Cause Property Damage

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Crews from Xcel Energy remove a large tree that fell onto power lines because of high winds Wednesday, March 8, along 19 1/2 Avenue South near St. Germain Street. Power was off for only a short time so the work could be done safely.(Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com)Buy Photo

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Though the National Weather Service's wind advisory expired at noon Wednesday, Central Minnesota is still feeling the effects of the high winds that ripped across the region.

Gusts of wind blowing at 45 mph or higher battered local homes, bullied cars and lay waste to outdoor garbage cans, patio furniture and lawn ornaments. Downed trees and power lines also posed a problem during the storm, leaving many without power.

Matt Lindstrom, spokesperson for Xcel Energy, said most of the outages came after downed trees or branches collided with power lines, but that teams were working quickly to restore power to the affected areas.

By mid-morning Wednesday 714 St. Cloud-area Xcel customers had been without power at some time in the previous 24 hours.

The high winds also caused property damage across the St. Cloud area.

According to Peggy Fuller, vice president of MCI Carpet One Floor and Home, the Waite Park retailer's large billboard was "taken down" by the wind and sent crashing into the business's lighting showroom.

"It happened after hours, around 9:30 p.m, and there were no injuries — everyone is safe," said Fuller, who added that the estimated cost of the damages is not yet known. Fuller noted that a crane will be needed to put the sign back into place.

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Crews from Xcel Energy remove a large tree that fell onto power lines because of high winds Wednesday, March 8, along 19 1/2 Avenue South near St. Germain Street. Power was off for only a short time so the work could be done safely. (Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com)

The damage inflicted by the storm was not limited to the Central Minnesota area. Lindstrom said that as of Wednesday morning, 4,000 Xcel customers throughout Minnesota and 5,000 customers throughout Wisconsin were still without power.

"Since the storm began Monday evening, about 95,000 customers throughout our Minnesota and Wisconsin region were affected," said Lindstrom. "As of this morning, however, power has been restored to about 85,500 of those customers."

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