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Lightning strike causes fire, guts Woodbury home

Fortunately, the homeowner was out of town.
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The picture above shows the dramatic scene firefighters in Woodbury had to deal with during Monday night's storm, when a lightning strike set a house ablaze.

Woodbury Police, Fire, and EMS shared images of the blaze on Facebook, showing the fire taking hold and progressing after the house was struck as a big storm system passed over the Twin Cities.

Fortunately nobody was injured in the fire on Wentlock Road, which authorities presume was caused by a "cloud-to-ground lightning strike."

But the house has been called "unlivable" by a fire commander after it was gutted by the blaze, according to KARE 11.

By the time the flames were extinguished, the home had sustained significant fire and water damage inside. The homeowner is currently out of town.

More storms, cold coming

Monday's storms also brought lashings of rain to the state. Owatonna got the most with 2.25 inches falling, according to the National Weather Service.

And more thunder could be on the way Tuesday evening, with the weather service saying there's a chance that rain and storms will arrive again in the Twin Cities after tonight's Twins game.

"By evening, expect thunderstorms to fire along and ahead of the cold front, roughly along I-35 and eastward into WI. These storms will still be capable of hail, gusty winds and brief heavy downpours," the NWS's forecast discussion says.

"Expect heavy rainfall to become more widespread tonight."

Looking ahead, there's bad news for anyone hoping for a continuation of the balmy weather enjoyed this past weekend, with the end of May setting up decidedly chillier in Minnesota.

The 8-14 day forecast for the U.S. is predicting things will be anywhere between 30-60 percent colder than the usual average temperatures between May 24-30.

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