High winds and wet soil were blamed for toppling part of an Austin radio station's broadcast tower.
About 80 feet of a 140-foot tower crashed to the ground Sunday morning outside the KAUS-AM station.
Over 2 inches of recent rain saturated the soil and winds near 50 mph pulled guy wires out of the ground, causing the top of one of the station's four towers to fall. The falling section snapped the guy lines of a second tower, and an emergency anchor was rigged to keep the line tight.
No one was injured in the collapse, and KAUS-AM remained on the air, broadcasting at 25 percent of its normal power until repairs can be made.
Meanwhile, in northern Minnesota, strong winds knocked out power, traffic lights and caused minor problems Sunday.
Minnesota Power spokesman Jim Roberts said there were numerous small power outages in the Duluth area as trees were blown onto power lines. The rain softened the ground, making trees especially vulnerable, he said.
Winds reached 40 mph along the North Shore, with gusts reaching 43 mph at Devil's Island in the Apostle Islands. The Coast Guard said no problems were reported on Lake Superior.
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