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UPDATE: Tornado hits Minneapolis; 1 killed

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- At least one person has died in a tornado that struck Minneapolis.

City spokeswoman Sara Dietrich said the death was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. She had no other immediate details.

The tornado struck a residential northern portion of the city Sunday afternoon, damaging scores of homes and toppling hundreds of trees. At least 18 people suffered minor injuries.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Some of the first aerial photos of north Minneapolis after a tornado hit the area show block after block of toppled trees and homes with damaged roofs.

KSTP-TV reports that hundreds of homes were damaged by the storms that first hit the metro area about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

It appears a residential area was hardest hit, but there are no confirmed reports of serious injuries.

Images from the station's helicopter show an apartment building with part of its roof peeled off and the roofs of dozens homes torn away to the studs. A few buildings collapsed completely.

Xcel Energy reports power was out to 22,000 of its customers in the metro area.

There were also reports of damage in Brooklyn Center, Blaine and Fridley.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A severe storm has roared through the Twin Cities, toppling huge trees and spreading debris over highways, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major structural damage.

Several tornados were reported by trained weather spotters to the National Weather Service starting about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The strength of those tornados wasn't immediately clear.

The storms hit the western edge of the Twin Cities then moved northeast, leaving debris across Interstate 394 and Highway 100 and reports of a funnel cloud near Forest Lake northeast of St. Paul.

Trees were ripped from the ground in several north Minneapolis neighborhoods, including 12 to 18-inch limbs in Theodore Wirth Park. There were also reports of damage to Brooklyn Center, Blaine and Fridley.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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