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Chanhassen, MN (KROC-AM News)- Conditions warm enough to prompt heat warnings and advisories fueled strong thunderstorms that knocked out power for thousands of Minnesotans overnight.

The line of storms swept across western Minnesota communities and the Twin Cities metro late Tuesday night. Severe thunderstorm warnings started just before 9:30 p.m. and started arriving in the Twin Cities Metro around midnight.

A check of Xcel Energy’s outage map shows over 41,000 people without power as of 6:30 a.m. The storms also knocked down trees and even started a home on fire.

Authorities blame a lightening strike for starting the house fire. Firefighters in the south metro responded to several calls of downed powerlines.

The storms pushed off into central Wisconsin early Wednesday morning. A line of stronger thunderstorms rolled through southeast Minnesota earlier this morning but did not inflict the level of damage seen in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in Minnesota.

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