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New scare in the air -- tornado warnings for SE Minnesota


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT) -- A powerful line of storms roared through southeastern Minnesota Saturday evening, triggering another wave of tornado and flash flood warnings. 

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of Mower and Olmsted Counties about 10:30 p.m. when radar measured rotation in the air.  The warnings expired a half hour later. 

One tornado reportedly touched down at Hartland, in northwest Freeborn County, just before 10 p.m.  The NWS sent people into the field as the line of storms approached to verify radar data, and spotters were activated across the area from Albert Lea to Rochester.

Trees have been toppled by winds estimated at more than 70 miles per hour in the Albert Lea area, and police in Albert Lea are asking people to stay off the roads Saturday night and early Sunday morning because of downed power lines.  Deputies were fanning out to area campgrounds to warn people to get to a safe shelter.

Power was also reported to be out in the Lewiston area after a lightning strike.

Some cars were reported to be "blown off the road" into cornfields by the high winds on Highway 218 and also on I-90 in the Austin area.

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