No injuries have been reported in St. Louis Park after a tornado reportedly touched down around 2 p.m. near highways 394 and 100, sending debris onto the roadway and damaging several local condominiums.
The Cedar Trails Condominiums in the 4500 block of Cedar Lake Road appear to have sustained the most damage in St. Louis Park, city spokesman Jamie Zwilling said. Several trees were knocked into buildings on the north side of the property, causing residents to evacuate. Residents have since been able to return to all but 12 of the 35 units.
Those unable to return to their homes in the short term are being directed to a Red Cross tornado relief shelter at the Northeast Armory, 1025 NE Broadway St. Many North Minneapolis residents are being directed to the same shelter, as a tornado touchdown there caused widespread damage.
A gas leak near the St. Louis Park townhomes was also triggered by the storm, but Center Point Energy crews were able to quickly fix the problem. A second leak at a nearby manufacturing plant was also .
Streets in the area are still closed to general traffic, as city crews work to clean-up debris. Zwilling said he did not see any downed power lines, but there are a number of branches littering the streets. The spokesman said he expects the streets to remain closed for up to another hour.
More than 20,000 Twin Cities homes are also without power because of the storm, including a number in St. Louis Park.
Stay with St. Louis Park Patch for updates.
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