Damage reported in southern Minnesota as storms race across the state


A line of fast-moving severe thunderstorms downed trees and caused flooding in southern Minnesota as it raced east across the state during the Monday morning commute.

The storms produced wind gusts over 70 mph, golf ball-sized hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain. The strongest wind gust in Minnesota was 76 mph in Jackson, the National Weather Service tweeted.

Much of Minnesota got a good drenching of rain Monday morning – most of the southern third of the state picked up more than an inch of rain, while places in far southern Minnesota picked up more than 4 inches, AccuWeather's map shows.

Downed trees, flooding reported

Strong winds and heavy downpours caused localized flash flooding and downed trees throughout southern Minnesota Monday morning.

Heavy downpours briefly closed Interstate 90 near Austin due to flooding, there were also reports of flash flooding in Owatonna and the Twin Cities, which hindered the morning commute.

The storms weren't just in the southern half of the state – reports of pea to nickel-sized hail stretched as far north as Duluth Monday morning, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Hermantown, near the Duluth International Airport, recorded 1.05 inches of rain between 7 and 8 a.m., with areas nearby seeing wind gusts as high as 40 mph.

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