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Strong storm buffets area on Saturday

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Heavy rains over Saturday night lead to flooding in Lafayette.About six inches of rain fell in the area, flooding local fields as well as the streets and some basements in town.
Photo courtesy of Robin Grewe Funnel cloud spotted 5 miles NW of Gaylord Saturday evening 6:30pm. The photo was taken by Robin Grewe from the LeRoy & Ruth Grewe Farm. The church is St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville

MINNESOTA–South central Minnesota was pummpled by rainstorms Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Rainfall occurred off and on throughout the day Saturday, but turned into a downpour by late evening and a tornado warning was issued for Sibley County. A funnel cloud was spotted north of Gaylord around 6:30 p.m.

A flood warning would remain in effect for parts of Renville, Sibley, Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca Redwood and Brown County until Sunday evening. Between 5 and 10 inches of rain fell between Saturday night and Sunday morning along the Minnesota River from Morton to Mankato. Lafayette saw significant rain fall resulting in flooded streets.

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