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Tumultuous Weather Continues Across Minnesota

Updated: 06/18/2014 5:29 AM
Created: 06/17/2014 11:06 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Residents in Minnesota and Wisconsin are cleaning up after storms uprooted trees, tore roofs off houses and caused widespread power outages. There are more chances of thunderstorms, some of which could be severe.

Twin Cities Metro Forecast

KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl says the humidity will stick around, and the chance of storms increases overnight as a stationary front to our south begins to lift north as a warm front.

Dave said storms will be spotty and should clear out by the morning rush hour.

The stormy trend is expected to continue throughout the week and Saturday might be the first day Twin Cities residents don't see any rain.

Greater Minnesota

Southern Minnesota could see some of the most rain this week, Ken says. Farm fields are already flooded, and residents are busy building sandbag dikes to hold back overflowing rivers and lakes.

A state trooper plucked a woman from her car after rapidly rising water flooded Interstate 90 and stranded her car in the southwest corner of the state near the South Dakota border.

Authorities have activated the State Emergency Operations Center to help communities in southwestern and northern Minnesota respond to damage from recent severe storms.

Gov. Mark Dayton has traveled to the International Falls area of northern Minnesota to meet with officials who've are trying to hold back the rising Rainy River and Rainy Lake.

Volunteers and government crews have placed over 80,000 sandbags to try to protect homes, cabins, resorts and other buildings in the border region.

Resort owners in the Voyageurs National Park area sustained damage from the rising water and damaging wind, which broke up some docks and break walls.

Wisconsin

Officials have declared a state of emergency in Dane County, Wisconsin to make storm damage recovery assistance available to residents who need it.

Communities will collect damage reports and pass them on to the county, which will share them with state officials in hopes of securing a federal disaster declaration.

A possible tornado tore roofs from houses and blew down part of an elementary school in the Madison area early Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported.

National

A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing a motorist and a 5-year-old girl, leaving grain bins crumpled like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes.
    
Pilger's 350 residents evacuated their homes after the powerful twisters slammed the area Monday afternoon. Nebraska State Patrol closed all roads into town.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Few Clouds
29°
40° | 24°
  • Feels like: 29° F
  • Wind: 0mph
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Sat More sun than clouds
    45° | 30°
  • Sun Mix of sun and clouds
    53° | 40°
  • Mon Showers possible
    55° | 37°
  • Tue Abundant sunshine
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