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PHOTOS: Storm Takes Down Trees Across Eagan

Eagan homeowners were out in the streets Tuesday morning cleaning up after an early-morning storm tore through the area.

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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.

Have storm damage photos? Send them to Editor David Henke at david.henke@patch.com and we'll add them to our online gallery. Check back at Patch for more updates soon!

David Henke (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I just wanted to give a big, Eagan Patch shout-out to all the homeowners who sent us photos of the storm damage. Thanks so much for contributing!
EaganPatch Reader June 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Does anybody know anything about the fire department not resopnding because they copuld not open the locks of the new fire station because of not electrcity? Can someone followup to this rumor speading through the area?
linda June 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Good pictures of storm damage. Hard too see beautiful trees down.
David Henke (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
EaganPatch Reader~ I spoke with Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott, who told me that the fire department has at least two ways to open the station doors at each station in case of a power outage. The Eagan Fire Safety Center, Scott said, has a dedicated backup generator to provide the station with power in case of a main power outage—as well as manual overrides for the doors in case the backup generator fails. All other fire stations in the community have smaller generators that can be employed to open the doors, as well as manual overrides. I hope that answers your question!
Liese Tilson June 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Way to go Tom Stafford! You are the best! We missed you at work. You missed out on your birthday cake. Happy 49th, Tom! So sorry there wasn't any left when you returned to work on Wednesday.

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