Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Severe thunderstorms rolled through southeast Minnesota Saturday afternoon and throughout the night, leaving many area residents without power.
High winds hit Rochester Saturday afternoon, with gusts reaching as high as 66 mph in northwest Rochester. Hundreds of customers in southeast Minnesota were without power as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday night. Some customers in Rochester were without power for over 19 hours. That power has since been restored.
Winds hit as high as 66 mph just northwest of Caledonia, 52 mph in Byron, 50 mph in Rushford, and 49 mph in Preston.
The latest storm reports show that 5.5 inches of rain fell in Grand Meadow and five inches fell in Austin. Just over three inches of rain fell in Spring Valley, while just under five inches of rain fell west of Stewartville. Chatfield saw just over 3.75 inches of rain hit the area.
The weather in southeast Minnesota is quiet and mild to start this week. High temperatures will reach near 80 degrees on Sunday and Monday, with the next threat of rain forecasted for Tuesday.