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Rochester Area Included in Tornado Watch

More storms 5-17-17
National Weather Service

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Residents of the Rochester area are being told to expect another stormy night.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch that will be in effect through 11 PM across the southern quarter of Minnesota, the western three quarters of Iowa and nearly all of Wisconsin. Forecasters say the storms visiting the region will be capable of producing tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and heavy rains.

This will be the third consecutive nights of stormy weather in southeastern Minnesota. 1 to 2 inches of rain, along with hail and damaging winds accompanied the thunderstorms that rumbled across the region last night and early today.

The heavy rains fell on areas that were soaked by 2 to 5 inches of rain the previous night and prompted flash flood warnings for portions of Olmsted, Winona, and Wabasha counties. Wind damage was also reported from the storms, which produced a top gust of 58 miles per hour at the Rochester Airport.

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