Storm rolls through Twin Cities causing flash flooding, evacuations in Northfield


A powerful storm rolled through the metro area early Saturday morning, dumping between 2 and 5 inches of rain and causing flash flooding in many areas, according to the Star Tribune.

The Associated Press reports Eden Prairie had more than five inches of rain, Prior Lake reported 4.75 inches, Bloomington saw four inches and Minneapolis had 3.6 inches in some areas. Public-works crews scrambled to deal with overwhelmed storm drains that left streets flooded from Bloomington to Shakopee Saturday afternoon, and some 11,000 without power - though Xcel said power would be restored by evening.

KSTP- TV reports a Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service until 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Click to see if your county is under that warning.

Northfield Police say they have evacuated several homes on the west side of the train tracks in Dundas, Minn. due to localized flooding. There are no reported injuries, according to this AP report. In Faribault, authorities said water was 7 to 8 inches deep on some roads Saturday.

Prior Lake, Faribault, Bloomington, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Burnsville and St. Louis Park are among the communities that might see flooding, according to the Pioneer Press.

In Greater Minnesota, the Associated press reports that powerful thunderstorms caused significant damage as they moved through northwestern Minnesota on Friday night.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., says numerous roofs were damaged, a motor home was flipped, and billboards were bent and broken in Thief River Falls. There were no reports of any injuries.

One meteorologist tells the AP forecasters are "fairly confident" the storm packed only straight-line winds when it struck around 6 p.m. He says it lasted about 10 minutes.

The weather service says it appears most of the wind damage happened along a quarter-mile path.

Some flooding was reported in Thief River Falls as well due to the heavy rains.

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