June 05, 2019 06:15 AM
Roads were drying out in the south metro after heavy downpours Tuesday left drivers wading in waist-deep water to escape their stuck vehicles.
Drivers told KSTP the strong storm Tuesday moved in quickly and caught many people off guard.
Flooding also wasn't the only problem in the south metro. The Lakeville Fire Department responded to three house fires, all caused by lightning.
"When something like this happens, it's a draw on our resources," Lakeville Fire Chief Mike Meyer said. "We are limited with what we have so we drew in Burnsville fire, Apple Valley fire and Farmington fire for the three significant fires that we had going on (at) once."
According to the National Weather Service, the thunderstorms that rolled across central and southern Minnesota brought winds gusting up to 80 mph. There were also multiple reports of hail and more than 4,000 people experienced power outages.
The storms prompted tornado warnings in the southern Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota, but no tornadoes were reported as of Tuesday evening.
The NWS also stated the storms brought winds of 70-80 mph across southern Scott County and parts of Dakota and Rice counties.
Trees were reported down in North Mankato. Three power poles were snapped and another fractured near Henderson, which saw wind gusts up to 85 mph.
The storms followed a warm, humid day. The temperature reached 85 degrees Fahrenheit at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Drier, cooler weather was forecast for Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Created: June 05, 2019 06:15 AM
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