Downpours, hail batter central Minnesota; more storms on way

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Wednesday has already been a record day for rainfall in parts of central Minnesota, with a new line of storms moving into the area as evening approaches.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been in effect over central Minnesota, with a flash flood warning in Pope County through 4:30. Find current warnings and watches here. Thunderstorms are also moving across northern St. Louis County.

By early afternoon the National Weather Service announced that St. Cloud had doubled its September 3rd rainfall record.

What's more, nearly all of that rain came in an hour-long downpour – much of it in a torrential six-minute period.

Hail fell on Wright County today, with some damage to crops reported. WCCO says half-dollar sized hail was 2 to 3 inches deep in Waverly, where it destroyed an apple orchard.

Here's video of some of the flash flooding in St. Cloud posted by

The National Weather Service says more storms heading into the region this evening could bring heavy rain and the possibility of isolated tornadoes to areas including the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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