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MN Storms Bring Tornado, Golf-Ball Sized Hail

Steven Sohlstrom

MINNEAPOLIS  — Thunderstorms damaged barns, blew out power and brought golf-ball sized hail in southern Minnesota.

National Weather Service Jacob Beitlich says storms Sunday and early Monday brought a tornado touchdown in Traverse County but no major damage was reported.

He says straight-line winds had gusts of around 75 miles an hour in Swift and Meeker counties, damaging some farm buildings.

Golf-ball sized hail and some 2-inches in diameter were reported in Le Sueur, Rice and Goodhue counties but no major damage was reported.

Officials along the Cannon and Little Cannon Rivers were monitoring levels but they weren’t expected as high as last week. Transportation officials closed Highway 20 near Cannon Falls and Highway 50 near Miesville Monday morning due to flooding.

Power outages were reported in central Minnesota.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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