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Vikings game resumes after 1-hour weather delay; storms moving out of Minnesota

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The Twin Cities and a large area of Minnesota saw showers and thunderstorms Saturday evening as a line of storms moved through the state from west to east, but the intensity of the storms diminished as they passed through.

There was enough punch left, though, to cause a one-hour delay in the Minnesota Vikings game, which is being played at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Play was suspended around 8:15 p.m. when lightning was seen close by, toward the end of the second quarter.

The game resumed at 9:13 p.m. Because of the long delay, there was only a two-minute break between the first and second halves.

A Tornado Watch for a small part of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin remains in effect until midnight. The affected counties are: Pine, Carlton and St. Louis in Minnesota, and Burnett and Douglas in Wisconsin.

Other watches were cancelled earlier in the evening as the storm front moved through.

See current radar here.

The storms dumped more than an inch of rain in less than an hour in Grand Forks, North Dakota, causing some minor street flooding, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

The prospect of the storms also caused numerous high school football games to start earlier in the day Saturday.

The Star Tribune reports that long-range weather guidance suggests there will be 3-5 days of 90-plus temperatures in the first week of September in Minnesota, meaning it could be a scorcher at the State Fair.

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