The skyline darkened as storms moved into St. Paul on Sunday, dumping heavy rain.

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Severe storms rumble across eastern Minn., western Wis.

  • Associated Press
  • May 19, 2013 - 11:27 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - Skies turned dark and the rain came down in torrents as severe storms rumbled across eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The storms sparked numerous severe thunderstorm warnings and some tornado warnings as they advanced from south to north Sunday, though no confirmed touchdowns.

There were scattered reports of power outages, downed lines and tree damage across the region as far east as Madison, Wis.

The National Weather Service says winds gusted as high as 60 mph in Rochester, Minn., and Elko, Minn., and 58 mph near River Falls, Wis., and Dunn, Wis. Street flooding was reported in Chanhassen, Minn., and Waseca, Minn. Power poles were bent at 45-degree angles by high winds near Blooming Prairie, Minn.

The weather service had no reports of flooding Sunday evening. It reported that International Falls had 1.8 inches of rain; 1.4 inches fell at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and 1.6 inches were recorded in Chanhassen. Rochester had less than half an inch.

The rain prompted a three-hour interruption of the Twins-Red Sox game at Target Field.

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