Updated at 5:29 p.m. Wednesday.
Scattered thunderstorms rolled through much of the Twin Cities south metro Tuesday.
A tornado warning was issued for Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Prior Lake until 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The warning has since expired. Residents were encouraged to seek shelter. A strong rotation was reported, according to the national weather service.
Prior to the storms arriving in the area, Scott County Emergency Management activated its trained weather spotters, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office. The Belle Plaine Fire Department was also activated for weather spotting.
At approximately 4:16 p.m. Tuesday, a spotter recorded a wind gust at 85 mph near the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 19. Minutes later, another spotter measured a wind gust at 85 mph in the town of Union Hill. Sirens could be heard in Scott County beginning around 4:45 p.m. The sky took on a green appearance and heavy rainfall quickly shuffled in and out of the area.
Scott Haas, the Scott County Director of Emergency Management, wrote in an email that there were several "power lines and trees down in a number of locations from Hwy 169/Hwy 19 through the area northeast of New Prague."
Haas also reported that there was damage to several structures in the county. "A roof was blown off a shed in Union Hill. We have a report of a pole barn along Hwy 19 near Laredo Ave on the LeSueur County side of the road that was partially crumpled by the wind."
The storms may not be over quite yet. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the southwest metro through the evening, until about 8 p.m. A flood warning is also in effect for the Minnesota River near Jordan, affecting Scott and Carver counties, according to the weather service.
A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for New Prague, Belle Plaine and Jordan earlier in the day — until about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
According to police scanner traffic, law enforcement in Sibley County was dealing with high winds Tuesday afternoon. Officers reported winds measuring more than 60 mph in parts of the county.
There were reports of rain, downed trees and road signs, car crashes and vehicles pulled over on the side of the road, according to scanner traffic.
Dark clouds could be seen rolling near a Southwest News Media office in Wayzata.
Hail was reported in a number of communities across Scott County and sporadic wind damage occurred in the southwest corner of the county, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office. There were reports of pea-sized to quarter-sized hail across the region.
According to scanner traffic, there was limited visibility due to rain on Highway 169 and some law enforcement officers reported pulling over to the side of the road for safety.
The Sheriff's office tweeted that trained spotters had clocked winds at 85 mph near Belle Plaine and shared photos from residents of ping pong sized hail in New Prague.
Trained spotters report 85mph winds between Belle Plaine and New Prague. Sirens activated, take shelter now.— Scott Co Sheriff (@ScottCoSheriff) June 4, 2019
Downed trees were reported throughout the region.
Scary drive home! Left Prior Lake & saw storm clouds by St. Catherine. Tried to head home. Stopped at parents house northeast of New Prague because torrential rain reduced visibility. Pull into driveway and they have branches down. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/Ops8ERGjh1— Rachel Olmanson (@RachelOlmanson) June 4, 2019
Wednesday morning, following the storm, Scott County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service spent several hours conducting a site survey of the impacted area, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Damage to power poles and structures on the south side of Highway 19 was consistent with severe straight line winds was identified.
The National Weather Service Storm Assessment Team completed its survey of northern Le Sueur County through Scott County and concluded damages were caused by downburst winds of up to 85 MPH. However, no evidence of tornadic damage was found.
“The early warning provided by the weather spotters enabled quick activation of the outdoor warning sirens allowing the residents of the communities downwind time to seek shelter,” Sheriff Luke Hennen said.
As of 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, there were 44 outages within Xcel Energy's coverage area, affecting 3,836 customers.
According to Minnesota Valley Electric, around 5 p.m., the company reported 52 outages affecting 833 customers.
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