Torrential rain causes flash flooding in the Twin Cities metro area

Storms are training over the same areas, leading to big-time rain totals.
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Southeastern Hennepin, northwestern Dakota and northeastern Scott counties have been added to the list of flash flood warnings. Up to two inches have already fallen in the warned areas and another 1-2 inches are possible, according to the National Weather Service. 

In addition, a tornado warning was issued around 7 p.m. for Scott County, with a storm capable of producing a tornado near Belle Plaine and moving east at 20 mph. 

6:25 P.M. 

Torrential rain that is ongoing as of 6:25 p.m. Monday has prompted flash flood warnings for central Hennepin County, northeastern Hennepin County, southeastern Anoka County and Ramsey County.

At 6:16 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain in central Hennepin County, with up to two inches of rain already fallen and more coming. 

"Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly," the National Weather Service warned, saying an additional two inches of rain are possible in the warned area. 

Further to the east, in northeastern Hennepin, southeastern Anoka and Ramsey counties, up to two inches had fallen by 6:30 p.m. with another three inches possible. 

Storms continue to explode near Cokato and march over the same areas of the west metro, leading to significant rain totals in a short period of time. 

If a road is flooded, turn around and avoid trying to drive through it. It isn't safe and you never know if the surface beneath has washed away. 

This is a developing story. 

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