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Lightning Strikes, Tornado Cause Damage Across Minn.

Updated: 08/25/2014 1:18 PM
Created: 08/25/2014 12:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews

A storm system caused damage across the state Sunday night.

A brief tornado touchdown was confirmed in Benton County, just north of Foley, in a mostly-rural area. Damage reports include downed trees, windows blown out of buildings and cars, and a roof torn off a barn.

Heavy rain hit the Twin Cities metro around 5:30 p.m. Sunday as people were walking around the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Some hail was reported later in the evening.

In northern Minnesota, Duluth experienced some flash flooding and lightning strikes.

The Duluth Fire Department responded to three separate incidents during the thunderstorms, according to KSTP sister station WDIO-TV.

The first incident happened around 8:40 p.m. at 6124 Greene Street. Authorities told WDIO a possible lightning strike knocked out power to the home.

The second incident happened about an hour later at 1432 East Superior Street when lightning reportedly hit the chimney of three-story apartment building and business. Authorities say the strike destroyed the chimney and started a fire on the adjacent roof. WDIO reports a large hole let water into the building during the downpour, causing extensive damage.

The third incident was reported just before 10 p.m. at 328 West Owatonna Street. When crews arrived they found a fire in the second-floor bedroom of a single-family home, according to WDIO. Authorities say lightning struck the chimney, causing a large hole in the roof and a fire. Crews were able to put the fire out quickly, but damage is estimated at $40,000.

No one was injured in the incidents.

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Lightning strikes cause damage Sunday night in Duluth.
Photo: WDIO-TV

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