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Twin Cities summer solstice storms: Top 10 photos

Scenes of this sort were visible throughout south Minneapolis on Saturday.
Scenes of this sort were visible throughout south Minneapolis on Saturday.

The summer of 2013 got off to a very stormy start in the Twin Cities.

Early during the morning of June 21 and again later that night, the metro was hit by windy first-day-of-summer thunderstorms that left cars crushed, houses damages, and hundreds of big old trees uprooted. At least 500,000 Xcel Energy customers experienced power outages, more than doubling the previous record.

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In the hours following the storm, many took to the streets, smartphones or cameras in tow, and documented the destruction via social media. Below the jump are the 10 most eye-catching images we saw. (To see a complete slideshow of submitted storm-damage photos, click here.)

You can enlarge some of the photos by clicking on them.

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9. A sinkhole in Robbinsdale

8. Along Brimhall Street in St. Paul

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Brooks's caption: "Yay, crew! Lift that tree off that..house? I think that's a house under there."
Brooks's caption: "Yay, crew! Lift that tree off that..house? I think that's a house under there."

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MSP Traffic's caption: "280 is under water at Broadway. Time to make a decision... THAT, would be the wrong decision. 94 & Broadway."
MSP Traffic's caption: "280 is under water at Broadway. Time to make a decision... THAT, would be the wrong decision. 94 & Broadway."

 
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1. In Roseville

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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