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Watches, warnings, wicked weather open Minnesota May

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May 2, 2012 at 6:20 am

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN (AP) – The month of May began with some rough weather over central Minnesota.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings were out for several counties between the hours of four and seven pm Tuesday. At one point, parts of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties were all under a tornado warning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Paulson says there was a brief tornado touchdown near Brooten, but no significant damage. Insurance adjusters will be busy in Albany however, where golf ball-sized hail pounded homes and vehicles. There was also pea to golf ball-sized hail reported in the Sartell and St. Stepehen areas. Strong winds brought down trees and caused some power outages in the Buffalo and Princeton areas.

The storms produced a lot of rain--causing localized street flooding. In St. Cloud, the official National Weather Service rain guage showed 1.73 inches. There were reports of 2-and-a-half inches of rain in Sauk Rapids. St. Cloud saw a peak wind gust of 46 miles an hour in the storms.

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