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'Life-threatening' flash floods reported in northern Minnesota

Residents have been advised to seek higher ground.

UPDATE 7:30 A.M.

The National Weather Service Duluth says that while the rain has abated, there are still serious flooding concerns, particularly in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday morning.

As much as a foot of rain has fallen in parts of Bayfield County, while waterways are surging in other parts of the Northland after 4-6 inches fell on Saturday.

2:30 A.M.

Storms that brought torrential rain to northern Minnesota led to flash flood emergencies overnight, with residents in affected areas urged to seek higher ground.

The worst-hit area is to the south of Duluth, with Carlton, Pine and Douglas counties falling within the flash flood emergency zone.

It comes after 4-6 inches of rain fell in Saturday storms, which is causing the Nemadji River to flood.

Residents in affected areas were advised at 2:30 a.m. to seek higher ground if it was safe to do so.

Some roads in the Northland and northwestern Wisconsin were washed out by Saturday's rain, including Hwy. 23 in southeast Carlton County.

The National Weather Service Duluth said just after midnight that with more than 4 inches of rain having fallen, the flooding has the potential to be "catastrophic." The hardest hit  in the area so far is Bayfield, Wisconsin, which has received reports of 6-12 inches of rain. 

More rain is yet to fall, with another 1-2, maybe more in some locations, expected to fall Sunday. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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