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Severe Weather Causes Damage in Minnesota; 1 Dead in Crash

MINNEAPOLIS—Severe storms brought damaging winds, heavy rain, and a few reports of tornadoes to Minnesota, where one person died in a crash that authorities said was caused by downed power lines.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power Thursday across southern as hundreds of Xcel Energy employees and contractors worked to restore service. The utility company said more than 200,000 customers lost power in Wednesday night’s storm.

More potentially severe was forecast for Thursday that could bring hail, high winds, and tornadoes from the Dakotas and Minnesota into other parts of the Midwest, the Prediction Center said.

Martha Rodriguez, 30, died in a crash on Interstate 90 in southwest Minnesota on Wednesday evening, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Storms knocked down power lines across the interstate in Nobles County and the car she was a passenger in stopped to avoid hitting the wires and was

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