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Minn. storms packing hail, rain, violent winds


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms rolling through central Minnesota have caused flash flooding, uprooted trees and knocked out power to thousands of people. Lightning strikes also sparked several fires.

The storm early Friday packed hail, violent winds and heavy rains. The National Weather Service says some areas in west-central Minnesota got 4 to 5 inches of rain in two to three hours.

Meteorologists say Eagan got nickel-sized hail and Burnsville had hail the size of an M&M.

Lightning sparked fires at a home in Minnetonka and a day care in St. Cloud. No injuries were reported.

Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets got flooded in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck because storm drains just couldn't handle the volume.

Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power to about 131,000 residents.

Locally, a line of strong storms rolled through southeastern Minnesota early Friday as well, with high winds, lightening and heavy rains. Flash flood warnings were issued for several locations, and with numerous reports of hail as well.


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