Early storms cause flooding, minor damage; more storms possible

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Minnesota received its latest dose of heavy thunderstorms Friday morning, with weather officials warning of potential flash flooding in central counties and possible damage from high winds in the southeast.

The storms which brought heavy rain swept through the Twin Cities before dawn, along with lightning and thunder, though it didn't have the strength of the storms last Friday night that brought down trees and power lines across the metro area.

Minor damage has been reported in southeastern parts of the state, but flooding concerns were the primary threat.

Flash flood warnings were issued for several counties in central and west-central Minnesota, MPR reports, after torrential rain fell in the early hours of the morning.

A flash flood warning has been issued until 10:30 a.m. for southern Stearns County, southeastern Pope County, northern Meeker County, western Wright County, northern Kandiyohi County and northeastern Swift County.

Localized flooding warnings have been issued for the area around Mankato, including Sibley, Rice, Le Sueur, Blue Earth and Scott counties.

A rainfall total of more than 4 inches was reported at French Lake south of Annandale as the storm made its way east, with other parts of the state seeing more than 3 inches fall.

A tornado warning was also briefly issued for Freeborn and Steele counties, Weather.com reported, with residents waking up to the news they were being advised to take shelter.

There has been no confirmation at this stage whether a tornado touched down, but a spotter informed the NWS that a tree had been brought down and pea-sized hail was seen five miles south of Lemond.

More storms are possible again Friday in southeastern Minnesota and large portions of Wisconsin and Iowa. The area shaded in yellow in the image below has the greatest risk for severe thunderstorms.

Accuweather reports that the weather in the Twin Cities should calm down for the weekend, although it will get more humid while temperatures could approach 90 on Sunday.

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