An Anoka mother and her teenage daughter managed to swim to safety before their car was submerged by flood waters Tuesday morning.
The Pioneer Press says 48-year-old Cindy Bosley was on her way to drop off her 18-year-old daughter at school around 6:30 a.m. when the Dodge Charger they were riding in began to float and water started coming up the windows. The women got out as soon as possible and were able to safely escape.
Officers responded to nine incidents that required pulling people from submerged vehicles, Anoka police told the newspaper. Most streets filled up quickly due to fallen leaves blocking storm drains.
There were also reports of standing water in Champlain, MPR reports. The most significant rainfall Tuesday morning fell in the western and northern metro, Little Falls and Mille Lacs, MPR says, adding that more than an inch of rain quickly soaked the northern metro.
Flashes of lightning and thunder awoke some around the metro. A lightning strike is blamed for a house fire in Maple Grove, KARE 11 reports. No one was injured.
Expect a few scattered showers throughout Tuesday around the state, with a high of about 70 on both Tuesday and Wednesday, WCCO reports.
More rain could fall Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday through the weekend will be cooler, with highs in the 40s, KARE 11 reports.