Severe Weather Hits Maple Grove Area
Jul 05, 2016 05:15PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien
Wright Hennepin is reporting power outages for more than 8,500 customers without power, including a portion of Maple Grove.
As of 5:47 p.m., the National Weather Service Twin Cities tweeted:
"Half dollar sized hail and tree branches down in Maple Grove. Traffic lights out on Hwy 55 in Medina."
"5:45 PM: @mndot road sensor on I-94 near Maple Grove at mile marker 217 recorded a wind gust of 64 MPH."
The severe thunderstorm warning expired at 6 p.m. for Hennepin County. The Hennepin County area, including Maple Grove, remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 5.
Updated 5:25 p.m. July 5, 2016 - Via the National Weather Service Twin Cities:
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT FOR HENNEPIN AND CENTRAL ANOKA COUNTIES... AT 521 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER CORCORAN...OR 16 MILES EAST OF BUFFALO...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 50 MPH. HAZARD...70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES... ROOFS...AND OUTBUILDINGS. THIS SEVERE STORM WILL BE NEAR... MAPLE GROVE AND WAYZATA AROUND 525 PM CDT. BROOKLYN PARK AND PLYMOUTH AROUND 530 PM CDT. MINNEAPOLIS...MINNETONKA...ST. LOUIS PARK...BROOKLYN CENTER AND FRIDLEY AROUND 535 PM CDT. EDINA...NEW BRIGHTON AND COLUMBIA HEIGHTS AROUND 540 PM CDT. OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE WOODLAND...BLAINE AIRPORT...NORTH MINNEAPOLIS...OSSEO...GREENFIELD...NEW HOPE...LEXINGTON...COMO PARK...CRYSTAL AIRPORT AND DAYTON. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.Updated 5:15 p.m. July 5, 2016
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Hennepin County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service:
"A line of severe thunderstorms will continue to organize across western Minnesota late this afternoon, then race east southeastward this evening. Initial threats for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will become widespread wind damage as it pushes into the Twin Cities and points south. Heavy rainfall is also likely in spots."
More information to be updated as it becomes available.