Another night of stormy weather is forecast for Minnesota, following high winds and heavy rains that uprooted trees and knocked out power across a large part of the state early Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for roughly the southwest quarter of the state. Flash flood watches are out for much of western Minnesota and a large part of the southeast because of the high potential for more heavy rain across already-soaked areas.
Meterologist Rick Hiltbrand says forecasters expect "a very dangerous night" -- and a repeat for many areas including the Twin Cities. He urges Minnesotans to heed the warnings.
The overnight storms included straight-line winds as high as 85 mph in Benson, which the weather service says was equivalent to a low-end EF0 tornado.