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SE Minn. & W. Wis., see hail, flash flood, tornado risks

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There is a risk of severe weather Thursday as thunderstorms with heavy rains continue over much of the metro and greater Minnesota.

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Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornado chances can be expected in parts of eastern Minnesota, as well as in west and central Wisconsin. The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood watch until 1 p.m.

Southerly winds will develop into gusts near 45 mph over western Wisconsin this afternoon.

Neighbors tell FOX 9 News that a lightning bolt struck a vacant home in the 13700 block of Bluewing Drive in Rogers on Thursday, sparking a small fire.

The lightning struck at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The rain made it a miserable day for many in the metro -- and it had a lot of homeowners hoping their sump-pumps were keeping their basement dry.

Crews from In Sight Restorations were busy at work across the west metro. One basement in Albertville was flooded after a stuck pump left an inch of standing water pooling indoors. 

The home was foreclosed on months ago, and neighbors said the new owners were planning to close on the sale and move in next week.

Thunderstorms will continue to diminish in Minnesota and western Wisconsin into the day, but isolated thunderstorms are still expected to bring significant rainfall totals as they pass through. A few thunderstorms could produce rainfall rates near half an inch per hour through the morning.

Overnight rain totals ranged from one to three inches with a few locations breaking the 3-inch mark. Runoff from these rains will cause rapid rises of smaller streams and rivers.

Urban areas could experience some minor flooding of roads and underpasses, and the National Weather Service issued an urban flood advisory for the metro area on Thursday afternoon after some thunderstorms capable of dropping an inch and a half of rain per came through.

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