Parts of southern Minnesota were hit by severe storms yesterday as very warm and muggy air moved into the state. Tornadoes were reported later in the afternoon west of Mankato near the cities of Lake Crystal, Madelia and St. James. A twister was also reported around 8 last night in Gaylord. No injuries were reported. Damage reports include a house in Red Wing that lost its roof, a shed that was wiped out in Dodge County and downed power lines and trees.

Large hail was also reported in the areas. Rainfall totals in this part of the state were spotty with some areas receiving less than a tenth of an inch and nearly an inch and a half in Mabel. The highest total in Olmsted County was 9 tenths of an inch southeast of Stewartville. The total at the Rochester airport was a quarter inch.

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Yesterday’s high temperature of 77 at the Rochester airport marked the first time this year the temperature has reached 70 or higher. That’s the longest the city ever had to wait for the weather to get that warm. The previous record for the longest wait for a 70 degree reading was 1961 when it happened on May 7. Yesterday was also the warmest it’s been since September 27th when the high temp was 83.