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70 mph gusts behind storms in western MN; latest severe, heavy rain forecast

Sven Sundgaard has the latest.

A wind gust associated with a severe thunderstorm earlier today was measured at 78 mph in Benson, Minnesota, but more sustained strong winds with gusts up to 70 mph remain possible behind the line of storms that is now working its way into eastern Minnesota. 

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern South Dakota and far western Minnesota, in addition to a wind advisory in western Minnesota. 

Wind gusts of 50-70 mph are possible until 3 p.m. in Wlkin, Otter Tail, Wadena and Grant counties in far western Minnesota, while gusts up to 50 mph are possible within the wind advisory. 

"High winds may move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel will be difficult especially for high profile vehicles," the National Weather Service says. 

Here's the latest on the volatile storm system that could produce severe storms and flooding rains across southern Minnesota now through Friday. 

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