High winds buffet Minnesota, Iowa
ST. PAUL, Minn. Strong winds blowing through the upper Midwest have toppled a 25-foot Christmas tree in the front yard of the Minnesota governor's mansion and knocked down power lines in Iowa.The National Weather Service says gusts reached up to 65 miles an hour.
Minnesota State Police say the Christmas tree came down Sunday morning after one of the cables holding it up snapped. Workers will try to put it back up Monday morning.
The winds also ripped apart a huge fabric bubble on the grounds of the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.
At least 59-thousand customers in the Twin Cities area lost power, and about 52-hundred were left in the dark in Iowa.
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