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Strong Winds Interrupt Regatta, Capsize Boats and Racers

Created: 06/14/2014 6:59 PM KAALtv.com

(KSTP) -- Damage was reported across the Twin Cities as gusts of high winds blew through the metro Saturday.

The National Weather Serviced issued a High Wind Warning on Saturday for eastern counties and western Wisconsin, but the wind came as a surprise, KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan says.

Several sailboats capsized during a regatta on Lake MinnetonkaSaturday morning. All the racers were safe, event officials said.

Downed trees and power lines affected residents across the metro. In Minneapolis, one home could be seen with a tree branch poking through its roof and another had its chimney top knocked down after trees were uprooted from the strong winds.

Xcel Energy reported more than 600 outages left 21,085 customers without power in the east and west metro by 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recorded winds over 68 mph for nearly an hour Saturday, the National Weather Service reported. MSP officials halted flights going in or out of the airport around 2 p.m. due to the weather. Some were canceled altogether.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll through Saturday night and overnight, Sam says. This cluster will have the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Sam also says the strong winds through our atmosphere could help generate some severe storms, capable of producing damaging winds and some hail.

Damage was reported across the Twin Cities as gusts of high winds blew through the metro Saturday.
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