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Early morning storms move through area

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A line of strong storms moved through southeastern Minnesota Friday morning, with high winds and heavy rains causing damage.

Winds were reported at close to 55 miles per hour as the storm quickly moved through the area.

Lightening may be to blame for knocking a large tree onto a car near 8th Ave. and 3rd St. SE in Rochester. Neighbors said sparks and flames could be seen shooting from a power line above the fallen tree.

The storms also initially knocked out power to 250 customers in Rochester, according at Rochester Public Utilities. Tony Benson with RPU said crews worked through the morning and had power restored to all customers by 12 p.m. Friday.

The KTTC Precision weather team says the rest of the day will feature slightly drier, less humid air from Canada. It will still be a warm day, as cool air will be slow to filter into the region behind the front, so high temperatures will still be rather warm for us.

High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to around 90 locally, but heat indices won't be quite as uncomfortable as recent days, so the Heat Advisory that had been in effect all week long has been cancelled for most of the local area.

We'll have a cooler night tonight with lows in the lower 60s and then the weekend will feature highs in the upper 70s. There will be a chance for a couple of spotty showers late Saturday afternoon and evening with better chances of more widespread rain on Sunday.

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