Many communities in southern Minnesota will be cleaning up today (TUE) after another round of severe weather blew across the state Monday evening. Meteorologist Mike Griesinger says that high winds and heavy rain caused damage across much of the southern tier of Minnesota counties. Downed trees were reported in several local communities, and St. James had reports of flooding throughout the town. Some grain bins were damaged across the area also. Some southern Minnesota counties saw brief tornado warnings Monday evening as well, but there have been no confirmed reports of any twisters. Waves of thunderstorms are expected for various parts of southern and central Minnesota through at least Friday.
The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to help with storm damage recovery in southwestern and northern Minnesota after the severe storms this past weekend. Minnesota Emergency Management Deputy Director Joe Kelly says that officials are determining whether state resources may be needed after damage and flooding in Rock, Pipestone, Koochiching and St. Louis Counties. No local officials have requested state resources so far, but that may change depending on the continuing severe weather this week.