Strong storms move through Minnesota to cap off hot, humid day

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Heavy rain, strong winds, hail and a tornado were reported as a line of storms moved through Minnesota Sunday afternoon and evening.

The hot and muggy conditions Sunday brought strong storms, some severe, through Minnesota, prompting the National Weather Service to issue tornado watches for much of the state, stretching from the Twin Cities into northern Minnesota.

Funnel clouds and a tornado were reported in Benton County between 5:50 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado reportedly touched down just north of Foley. A trained weather spotter reported damage, noting numerous trees were down, windows were blown out of buildings and cars, and a roof was blown off a barn, KSTP says.

Heavy rain caused some flooding in parts of Minnesota. The most rain fell near and east of Interstate 35 Sunday.

Here's a look at rain totals:

The Duluth area got over 2 inches of rain between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday, the Duluth News Tribune says. There were reports of localized street flooding throughout the region.

Lightning accompanied some of the storms, which knocked out power and in two cases caused a fire in the area, the newspaper says. There were no reports of injuries.

September-like air this week

The hot and stormy Sunday will make way for some refreshing September-like air later in the week. Some places saw the warmest day of the year so far Sunday, as heat indices reached close to 100 degrees.

Rounds of showers and thunderstorms are also expected to move across the region this upcoming week, especially in southeastern Minnesota. Heavy rain and strong to possibly severe storms are expected, the weather service says.

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