LAKE ELMO (AP) -- Power was restored to nearly all Xcel Energy customers in suburbs east of St. Paul following powerful thunderstorms with high winds and hail this weekend.
As many as 20,000 Xcel customers were left without service after storms uprooted trees and flipped planes at Lake Elmo Airport early Saturday.
The areas hardest hit included Lake Elmo, Afton and Woodbury.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported no storm-related injuries. Lake Elmo residents spent most of Sunday cleaning up, Mayor Lee Hunt said.
"It's as good as can be expected," he said. "We're making good progress. We still have some high tree damage that needs to be cleaned."
Hunt said city officials would have more information Monday regarding brush and limb disposal. He said residents could either call city hall at (651) 777-5510 or check the city's Web site at http://www.lakeelmo.org.
Close to 20 percent of the hangars at the Lake Elmo Airport sustained "significant damage" and some were demolished, said Amy von Walter, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
One airport tenant was sleeping in his hangar when the storm hit.
"He was one of the lucky ones," von Walter said. "He apparently had also some sort of wind monitor on top of his hangar, and at times the levels were in the range of 85 to 90 mile-per-hour winds."
Cornfields around the airport were flattened.
In downtown Lake Elmo, many large, old trees were uprooted, and some garage doors and roofs on homes in the area were torn off by the winds.
The Lake Elmo area received 2 to 3 inches of rain in a short time, while White Bear Lake received 4 inches.
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