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  • Metro flash flood warning in effect as rain falls and falls
    "The weather insanity continues this morning around Minnesota," writes Paul Huttner on Updraft. Multiple flash flood warnings are in effect. This time the Twin Cities metro gets in on the action, as 2″ to 4″ of rain has already fallen in parts of the metro this morning.June 19, 2014
  • Storms damage crops but may ease drought
    Flooding rains and hail have caused millions of dollars of damage to homes, roads and crops in southwest Minnesota. In some areas, the downpours may also provide a benefit. City officials in Luverne and Worthington have been struggling to provide tap water due to low ground water supplies after two years of drought. But Luverne City Administrator John Call said the big storms will change that.June 18, 2014
  • U of Minn. rowing team rescues woman in Mississippi River
    University of Minnesota women's rowing coach Wendy Davis and two team members were in a motorboat when they spotted the woman, waist-deep in the water and clutching a tree.June 18, 2014
  • To protect Boise paper, engineers weigh limit to dam flows
    Minnesota's northern border lakes and rivers are at record levels, and with more rain in the forecast, dam engineers are contemplating an unusual move to help protect the Boise paper mill.June 18, 2014
  • Weather service tells TV channel to back off
    During Monday night's tornado scare in Nebraska and Iowa, the Weather Channel TV meteorologists told people in the Sioux City area to evacuate. It's not a call that's the TV channel's to make, and similar advice from TV stars in the past has clogged roads and left people in the path of a tornado. The National Weather Service is not pleased.June 18, 2014
  • Endless rain, flood threats dampen business bottom lines
    As the state surveys the damage from weekend storms in the northern and southern parts of the state, some businesses are looking at slimmer margins and fewer customers.June 18, 2014
  • Across Minnesota, rising waters pose hardships for farmers and residents
    Farm fields became ponds and roads flowed like rivers this week as downpours in Minnesota soaked saturated ground, damaging crops and threatening homes from the Iowa border to International Falls.June 17, 2014
  • Epic flood threat and severe risk continue
    One look at the rainfall map over Minnesota the past 30 days shows you why we're at capacity, even record water levels on many Minnesota lakes and rivers. Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches is literally half a year's rain in the past 30 days across a big swath of Minnesota. The heaviest flood zone runs in a swath from southwest Minnesota to International Falls.June 17, 2014
  • International Falls mayor likens rising waters to a 500-year-flood
    In the north and southwest, towns are facing floods.The Daily Circuit, June 17, 2014
  • Xcel now says 50,000 lost power
    "Most of these power outages are wind-related," said Xcel Energy spokeswoman Patti Nystuen. "When the ground is this saturated, it loosens trees and they may pull out of the ground. So we had limbs coming down. That was our biggest problem, limbs falling on the (power) lines."June 17, 2014
  • Storms rake swath of Minn. with hail and high winds; sandbaggers confront rising water
    More waves of heavy rain and severe storms rumbled into Minnesota on Monday on top of damaging storms that drenched the state over the weekend, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to cancel a planned visit to view flood damage in the southwest corner of the state.June 17, 2014
  • Severe weather marches through Minnesota
    After severe weekend storms pounded the Twin Cities this weekend, another round of storms is making its way through the state. A tornado watch is in effect for much of southern Minnesota, and there are scattered tornado and flood warnings as well.June 16, 2014
  • Homes, mills feel rising waters in northern Minnesota
    Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise.June 16, 2014
  • 'Gravity waves' drove weekend storms
    A relatively rare and unpredictable weather phenomenon called gravity waves may have been the culprit for the severe weekend storms that pounded the Twin Cities. Sustained winds of 50 mph and gusts to near 70 mph lasted more than half an hour in some parts of the metro.June 16, 2014
  • Lightning suspected in St. Cloud school fire
    Crews tore down what was left of a St. Cloud school that sustained heavy damage Sunday in a fire that officials say may have been started by lighting in the aftermath of storms that drenched Minnesota from the far south to the far north.June 15, 2014

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