A small but potent storm cell moved across western Minnesota on Tuesday night and at least two tornado touchdowns were reported in Stevens County near Hancock, Minn., authorities said.
No property damage was reported.
That storm cell dumped heavy rain along with the severe weather before dissipating, the National Weather Service said. A tornado watch expired 2 a.m. for numerous counties in western Minnesota, stretching as far north as Douglas County, as far south as the Iowa border and as far east as Stearns County.
A second, larger line of storms moved in straight east from South Dakota into Minnesota, reaching the Twin Cities area after midnight Wednesday.
The storms weren't as strong as Sunday's, but with wind gusts approaching 60 miles per hour, they knocked out power to about 40,000 of Xcel Energy's metro-area customers as of 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the utility's website.
Damage reported by the Weather Service included trees down in St. Paul and a roof torn off a pole barn near Prior Lake. A wind gust of 58 miles per hour was recorded at Eden Prairie's Flying Cloud Airport.
Wednesday morning is expected to dawn dry, but there is a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms later in the day, meteorologist Alexandra Keclik said.