Morning storms quickly cut through Minnesota


A large band of storms that sped through Minnesota overnight brought some thunder, lightning and high winds, with localized flooding possible in some areas of the state.

There were no immediate reports of severe damage.

Friday night, Minnesotans were warned about potentially damaging winds and torrential rainfall overnight, with frequent lightning and possible hail.

The heavy rain crossed from South Dakota into Minnesota just after 3:30 a.m. The system initially had gusts of 60-70 mph, and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for alargechunk of southwestern Minnesota.

From there, the front of large system sped eastward, crossing through south-central Minnesota and over the Twin Cities before 6 a.m. came around, the same time the thunderstorm watches still active around the state expired.

As of 6:25 a.m., there were no warnings issued at all in the state.

The rain and possible ill effects weren't over yet however.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement about localized flooding in central Minnesota – Stearns, Kandiyohi, Sherburne, Wright and Meeker counties.

NWS said excessive runoff from heavy rainfall could cause small creeks and streams to flood. Farm and county roads also were at risk, and the service issued a reminded not to cross and flooded roads.

And the way the storm is shaped (see below), a trail of slightly more severe weather than what initially hit Minneapolis and St. Paul was trailing slightly behind, getting dragged over far southern Minnesota (Austin and Rochester for example).

Heavy rain in those areas continued longer, rolling into Rochester around 6:15 a.m. But Ted Schmidt with KTTC tweeted the storms – while still featuring 30-40 mph gusts – were weakening.

Then another round of storms is poised to hit eastern Minnesota late Saturday, although those storms are not expected to be severe.

Find current weather watches and warnings for Minnesota here.

The storms were making a splash in North and South Dakota Friday evening.

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