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Associated Press, Published November 12 2012

2 rare, late-season tornadoes hit Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS — Officials with the National Weather Service say two weak tornadoes touched down late Saturday on the south edge of the Twin Cities' metropolitan region.

Meteorologist Chris Franks tells the Star Tribune the tornadoes were of the weakest that officials rank, with top winds of about 80 mph.

No injuries were reported. The high winds from Saturday's late-season storm knocked out power to 12,000 customers at one point. Xcel Energy says only 1,000 were still without power by Sunday afternoon and it was expected to be fully restored by Sunday night.

West St. Paul and Mendota Heights were among the hardest hit, with numerous down trees and reports of structural damage. A senior living center in Lilydale sustained damage.

The storm came after Saturday's record-breaking temperature of 69 degrees.

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

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2 rare, late-season tornadoes hit Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the National Weather Service say two weak tornadoes touched down late Saturday on the south edge of the Twin Cities' metropolitan region.

Meteorologist Chris Franks tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/ZaPs0q) the tornados were of the weakest that officials rank, with top winds of about 80 mph.

No injuries were reported. The high winds from Saturday's late-season storm knocked out power to 12,000 customers at one point. Xcel Energy says only 1,000 were still without power by Sunday afternoon and it was expected to be fully restored by Sunday night.

West St. Paul and Mendota Heights were among the hardest hit, with numerous down trees and reports of structural damage. A senior living center in Lilydale sustained damage.

The storm came after Saturday's record-breaking temperature of 69 degrees.

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

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.