Thousands in the dark due to power outages; storm also blamed for damage in north Iowa, fire in southern MN

Many in southern Minnesota and north Iowa are either picking up the pieces or were dealing with power outages due to Tuesday's severe storms.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 9:53 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 11:17 AM

Many in southern Minnesota and north Iowa were either picking up the pieces or were dealing with power outages due to Tuesday's severe storms. 

As of Wednesday, Rochester Public Utilities was reporting just over 200 customers without power. That's down from initial reports from late Tuesday when the number was over 800.

Xcel Energy reported thousands of outages in southeast Minnesota with 317 customers without electricity in Dodge County and 2,515 in Goodhue County. We checked the provider's outage map early Wednesday morning and according to it, roughly 2,200 customers in the Zumbrota area remain without power.

In Blooming Prairie, a shed was struck by lightning and caught fire. No injuries were reported. 

Freeborn-Mower Coop reported around 100 without power. As of early Wednesday, that number is now around 30.

In north Iowa, many outages have been restored. The storm took out power for nearly 100 customers in Swea City and Buffalo Center, at last check that number had been reduced to three.

Swea City, in northern Kossuth County, posted pictures of significant damage on its social media pages and announced the school, North Union, will have a 2-hour delay Wednesday due to the damage.

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