Rain letting up in southeastern Minnesota

6" has already fallen in Rochester

Sloane Martin
September 05, 2018 - 8:06 am

A Flood Warning remains in effect for parts of southeastern Minnesota, including Albert Lea and Red Wing, until 2 p.m. Wednesday, while Rochester is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the next several days.

Heavy rains forced I-90 to shutdown Tuesday near Austin, on what was the first day of school for thousands in the region.

WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch says more than 6 inches has fallen on Rochester, more than 5.5 for Austin, Owantonna and parts of Goodhue County, and more than four in the Faribault area.

There were reports of funnel clouds and a tornado near Albert Lea, but none confirmed by weather officials. Lynch says the region will soon be in the clear.

"The rain is coming to an end," he said. "Some of the small creeks are on the rise. The rain is gradually coming to an end. There's still somme heavier showers around Rochester, but nothing like they had before."