weather map from NWS/La Crosse

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News)  - Severe weather hit parts of southern Minnesota Friday morning.

Heavy rain fell across the central part of the state with totals of 2 - 4 inches reported to the National Weather Service. The heavy rain led to flash flooding in many areas.

The storm cells moved southeasterly and also produced heavy rain between Mankato and Austin. Rainfall totals in Freeborn and Mower counties were generally in the 2- 3 inch range. The heavy rain that hit Austin produced street flooding. A section of I-90 was also flooded.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a portion of northeast Freeborn County around 7 a.m. but there were no reports of touchdowns or damage. Strong winds and hail were reported in parts of Freeborn County.

The Rochester area received smaller amounts of rain with about a quarter inch at St. Mary’s and a third of an inch at the airport.

There is a chance of more scattered storms later in the day.

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