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Storms bring more heavy rain to southern Minnesota

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Another batch of thunderstorms was moving through southern Minnesota late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, bringing rain and hail, and the threat of tornadoes, to the region.

Weather warnings for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms were issued by the National Weather Service as the storms swept through, and the threat of flooding remains across the southern tier of the state.

In addition, a flash flood warning was issued for northeastern Blue Earth County and southeastern Nicollet County due to heavy rains that fell in that area overnight. That warning was set to expire at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has a map and listing of all the watches and warnings in effect, and it is updated in real time.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected through the rest of the week in Minnesota with the highest threat for severe storms and flooding existing through Thursday.

An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible this week, the weather service says. Because of the already saturated soil conditions from the recent rainy weather, much of this week’s rainfall is expected to run off into the already swollen river basins.

The weather service continues to issue flood warnings for many Minnesota communities, including near International Falls, the southwestern corner of Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota, which have experienced significant flooding as of late.

River flooding is expected along the Crow River, Redwood River and Sauk River, while flooding is possible along the Mississippi River and Minnesota River. Urban areas and small streams could also see flooding, the National Weather Service says.

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