All Clear For MSP (6+ rains flood Northfield and Cannon Falls)
June 14, 2012 — 7:27pm
All-Clear For MSP. The swarm of severe storms that brushed the south metro is pushing slowly toward Rochester, Wabasha and Winona. Severe storm warnings are posted just north of Rochester for 60 mph gusts and 1-2" diameter hail. Severe storms continue to pound the far south metro, some 6"+ rainfall amounts from near New Prague to Northfield to Cannon Falls, where some roads are said to be impassable. Think twice about driving south of MSP this evening - you will run into some flooded roads, hail and streams out of their banks. No reports of tornadoes - the risk is torrential, tropical rains, and 1-2" diameter hail. The risk is pretty much over now for the immediate Twin Cities.
From the MPX NWS office:
LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS REPORTED THAT SOME ROADS ARE IMPASSIBLE BETWEEN NORTHFIELD AND NERSTRAND.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY AUTOMOBILE.
TO REPORT FLOODING...HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN THE TWIN CITIES.
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