Weekend thunderstorms left 8,000 without power in Twin Cities area.
Weekend thunderstorms toppled trees, flooded some roads and knocked out power to about 8,000 Xcel customers in the Twin Cities metro area.
In parched northern Minnesota, almost an inch of rain came as good news. Hwy. 1 near Ely, closed Thursday because of a wildfire, was reopened Sunday as firefighters continued to mop up hot spots.
In the metro, some areas reported hail and up to 2 inches of rain in storms overnight Saturday. Xcel crews had restored power to nearly all customers by Sunday, said spokeswoman Patti Nystuen. Lightning knocked some trees and limbs into power lines, causing scattered power failures, mostly in the east metro, she said.
Trees were downed in Burnsville and South St. Paul, said Troy Ruby, a Dakota County dispatch supervisor.
Monday will be sunny in the metro, with a high near 73 and a low Monday night near 55, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen reported. Tuesday, too, will be sunny and pleasant.
Just outside Ely, the wildfire started Thursday by a spark from a downed power line was 90 percent contained by Sunday, officials said. The remainder of residents who had evacuated were allowed to return to their homes Saturday, and Hwy. 1 reopened Sunday morning.
The fire has blackened 175 acres.
Fire information officer Jean Bergerson said some fire resources are being demobilized. About 130 people were working the fire area over the weekend, but she said that probably would be reduced to about 50 by Monday morning.
Staff writer Jim Adams contributed to this report.