Severe thunderstorms developed on Monday afternoon in central and southern Minnesota, causing damage in several Southern Minnesota communities. The National Weather Service says there are reports of trees and power lines down from Morristown to Northfield in Rice County.

According to the Jordan Independent damage was also reported in the New Prague area where there were reports of power lines that were down. In Jordan, a power line fell on a tree, causing a fire, and in Belle Plaine, a tree reportedly fell on a house. Other communities got small hail and also high winds. It comes after a weekend featuring highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and high humidity.


Wind gusts reported at the Rochester International Airport reached 52 MPH and the Mayo Clinic in downtown Rochester reported a gust of 59 MPH.

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