Eagan homeowner Tom Stafford woke up to an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday morning, after an early-morning storm knocked two two trees—including a mature pine—in Stafford's yard.
With fallen trees blocking the street, Stafford decided to stay home from work on Tuesday morning and team up with a handful of neighbors to remove storm debris.
Stafford's home wasn't the only property hit by the early morning storms that rolled through the southeastern metro area, bringing hail and powerful straight-line winds. Many of Stafford's neighbors along Covington Lane in southern Eagan were out raking, sawing and hauling branches out of their yard on Tuesday.
Eagan resident Jennifer Zirkelbach also submitted photos of fallen trees off Worchester Drive and Stonebridge Drive near Thomson Reuters. Another Eagan resident, Maggie McEneny, reported storm damage in the Lemay Lake area in northern Eagan.
The National Weather Service reported that portions of the metro area received as much as one inch of rain, while wind speeds across the area were between 40-60 mph, according to a report in the Pioneer Press.
Forecasters predict temperatures could be as high as 92 degrees today, with a chance of severe storms later in the afternoon. A harzardous weather outlook issued by the weather service calls for the development of strong storms after 4 p.m., with some areas at risk for as much as two inches of rain. The storms also have the potential to produce large hail and tornadoes, according to the weather service.
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