The power's back on for most of the 15,000 suburban Twin Cities customers blacked out during yesterday's damaging storms. A power company official says most of the lights came back early today in the blacked out area, primarily in Hugo and Forest Lake, Minnesota.
Town officials expect that Hugo will be declared a disaster zone after Governor Tim Pawlenty surveys the damage today.
Large hail and a possible tornado swept through the town, killing a 2-year-old child.
Hugo Mayor Fran Miron estimates about 50 homes were destroyed. Another 300 to 400 homes were evacuated because of safety concerns created by downed power lines and leaky gas lines.
The storm that struck Hugo was just one of several that battered the Midwest yesterday, including a tornado that killed seven in northeast Iowa.