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Storm leaves trail of damage in southern Minnesota

A small plane is ripped from the hangar and flipped through a heavy storm in Faribault Municipal Airport earlier Thursday night, Sept. 20, 2018, in Faribault, Minn. Heavy storms have hit Minnesota, abandoned houses, propane tanks and aircraft at the municipal airport damaged. The Star Tribune reports that a possible tornado touchdowns occurred Thursday in Faribault and Waterville, south of Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/the Star Tribune via AP)

FARIBAULT, Minn. – Severe storms packing powerful winds and possible tornadoes have left a trail of damage across the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says as many as four tornadoes were reported, including one in the vicinity of Waterville, Medford, Northfield and Randolph. The meteorological service says a possible tornado or strong winds destroyed the Red Barn, Pizza Place in Northfield and caused considerable damage to the Stanton Airport, in the vicinity of Randolph.

The airport in Faribault also sustained heavy damage with hangars leveled and planes flipped over. Schools were closed in Cannon Falls and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown because of heavy storm damage. First responders urged motorists to avoid the Cannon Falls because of downed power lines.

Xcel Energy is reporting thousands of power outages in the Twin Cities and communities in the south.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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