(Alexandria MN) --  Early Sunday Evening a large area of thunderstorms rolled through West Central Minnesota doing damage as it came. 

Tornado warnings were put in place from 7:15pm until just before 8:30pm.  In addition the severe thunderstorm created wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour. KXRA listeners reported that tree damage occurred near Lake Chippewa, the city of Brandon and near Lake Reno as well.   Another report identified buildings being down near the city of Garfield and another near Brandon. 

According to weather eye meteorologist, Nicki Lahtola storms began to weaken around 9pm.   

Unofficial reports had 3.45 inches of rain here in Alexandria.

VOA's Joe Korkowski caught up with the storm before it made it's way into Alexandria and files this story from Brandon, MN

At the time of this writing, Runestone Electric Association reported approximately 1500 members without power following the storm.  According to a press release, "Damage to power was mostly in the areas north of Alexandria, North and West of Evansville and South near the Glenwood Area."   REA Crews are working to restore power at this time, but some locations may be out of power overnight.  

REA reminds everyone to extremely careful and on the lookout for damaged pols, wires or other equipment after a storm.  Always assume all power lines are energized.  Stay away from any downed line.