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Wind Blows Panels off Minnesota Vikings Stadium…Again

27 Dec 2016, 3:42 pm

Mother Nature is having her way with the Minnesota Vikings’ brand-new stadium…again.

On Monday, high winds blew down panels outside U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, according to WeatherNation affiliate KARE-11 in Minneapolis. One panel fell down, while several others were also loosened by the strong winds.

Winds gusted as high as 47 miles-per-hour (MPH) at Minneapolis’ official airport site just south of the stadium, while some parts of the state saw winds as high as 66 MPH on Monday. A strong area of low pressure, the same one responsible for severe weather and a blizzard on Christmas Day, brought high winds to Minnesota as well.

No one was injured in Monday’s incident at U.S. Bank Stadium. The $1.1 billion stadium only opened in August, but just before the stadium officially opened in July, panels came off from strong storms.

This week shouldn’t present a significant wind hazard to the Twin Cities, although a big chill is expected early next week with another push of Arctic air to start the year.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured image Courtesy: KARE-11

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