Weather Forecast


Late afternoon storm brings 3 inches of rain in an hour to Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR -- A late Friday afternoon thunderstorm brought more heavy rain and damage to the west central area.

Willmar received 2.58 inches of rain between 5:55 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service website at the Chanhassen office. The city received over 3 inches early Friday morning.

Willmar Public Works Superintendent Ron Gilbertson said he was sure the heavy rain caused some temporary flooding in low-lying areas Friday night, but Gilbertson said he did not receive any calls from the Police Department about flooding.

Gilbertson said Public Works employees cleaned storm sewer catch basins in the low-lying areas Friday.

"I'm sure that probably helped a little bit,'' he said.

The weather service said some street flooding was reported in Morris. Also, power lines were down in Starbuck, tree damage was reported in Villard and hail up to 1½ inches fell in Redwood Falls.

The weather service said scattered trees and power lines were down in Benson, a large tree was down across Highway 40 near a farm northeast of Marietta, and dine-sized hail and snapped trees were reported in Madison.

Some rain totals reported late Friday afternoon by the weather service included .66 inches in Benson and 1.40 inches in Montevideo.

With the high wind came heavy rain, as much as 5.6 inches at Morris. Meteorologist Chris Franks said streets flooded in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck because storm drains just couldn't handle the volume.

A trained spotter sighted a tornado northwest of Tracy around 5:15 p.m., the weather service said. But the Lyon County Sheriff's Office had received no reports of damage or injuries.

A wind gust of 67 mph was reported a mile north of Lake Benton at 4:40 p.m. Hail measuring 1.75 inches was reported in Minneota and Marshall.

The weather service issued a warning for flash flooding in Glenwood, Starbuck, Cyrus, Hancock and Morris. The flooding was caused by runoff from 3 to 6 inches of rain received within the last 24-hour period.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

David Little
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