Strong winds tear roofs off homes, knock out power in Elysian; no injuries reported

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 11:05 PM

ELYSIAN, Minn. - A storm packing high winds and heavy rain has ripped roofs off homes in the south-central Minnesota town of Elysian.

Le Sueur County Emergency Management Director Ann Traxler says the storm swept across Lake Elysian and hit the north side of Lake Francis just after 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Traxler says no one was hurt or killed. But she says "lots of roofs" were blown off and power was knocked out to the town of Elysian.

Xcel Energy has since restored power to Elysian, but Traxler says there are still scattered outages in the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Zaleski estimates winds were in excess of 60-70 mph.

A survey may be done Tuesday to see if it was a tornado or straight-line winds that hit the town.

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