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Power Outages, Hail Reported as Storms Hit Metro

Dark, midday sky over University Avenue in St. Paul. - Photo: KSTP/Maricella Miranda

Strong thunderstorms moved through the Twin Cities on Thursday, dropping quarter-size hail in some areas. Rain was expected to continue until 8 p.m.

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More Minnesota Farms Relying on Irrigation

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Alan Peterson is among a growing number of Minnesota farmers are relying on irrigation to ensure they can produce a crop when the weather turns dry.
    

Drought Deepens in Central Minnesota

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The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday.
    

Time-Lapse: Storm Creates Possible Twister in Northern MN

A storm that appeared to create a tornado touched down Thursday night near Hill City, which is north of the Twin Cities near Grand Rapids.

Lake Country Power officials said the storm downed several power lines. About 1,300 homes were without power in the Remer and Hill City areas.

Large hail also fell in the area.

Heat, Drought Conditions Raise Minn. Wildfire Risk

With high temperatures and drought conditions in parts of the state, fire officials are warning about the risk of wildfires and urging people to be careful in dry areas.
    

Flash Flooding Strands Motorists in Rochester

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A sudden deluge of rain flooded downtown Rochester streets, stranded motorists and created traffic jams as drivers tried to make their way to work Thursday.
    
About 2 inches of rain fell in less than an hour in some areas around the city, including Mantorville, forecasters said.
    

Another Record Low Temp in International Falls

Cooler weather hits the north. - Photo:MGN Online/Chaney Instrument Co.

For the fourth time this week, temperatures in International Falls have hit a record low.
    
A Duluth News Tribune report says the temperature fell to 38 degrees on Saturday morning. That would tie the daily record set last year. The National Weather Service says the average low for Aug. 10 is 52 degrees.