A stormy Saturday left many people in southeastern Minnesota without power

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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Severe thunderstorms rolled through southeast Minnesota Saturday afternoon and throughout the night, leaving many area residents without power.

Strong winds battered Rochester on Saturday afternoon, with gusts reaching up to 66 mph in northwest Rochester. Hundreds of customers in southeast Minnesota were without power as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday night. Some Rochester customers were without power for more than 19 hours. This power has since been restored.

Near Mayo High School – Photo by Andy Brownell – TSM Rochester/Preston
Near Mayo High School – Photo by Andy Brownell – TSM Rochester/Preston

Winds reached 66mph just northwest of Caledonia, 52mph in Byron, 50mph in Rushford and 49mph in Preston.

Latest storm reports show 5.5 inches of rain fell in Grand Meadow and five inches in Austin. Just over three inches of rain fell in Spring Valley, while just under five inches of rain fell west of Stewartville. Chatfield saw just over 3.75 inches of rain hitting the area.

Photo submitted by Kim David

Photo submitted by Kim David

The weather in southeast Minnesota is calm and mild to start this week. High temperatures will reach nearly 80 degrees on Sunday and Monday, with the next threat of rain forecast for Tuesday.

National Weather Service, La Crosse
National Weather Service, La Crosse

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