Minn. storms bring heavy rain, hail but no damage

7:12 AM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Storms sweeping across the central and southern part of the state dumped heavy rain in areas of Minnesota but so far no reports of major damage have come in.

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes were spotted Sunday in McLeod County and another twister was reported in Lyon County. But those counties report no damage or injuries.

Meteorologist Jacob Beitlich at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the potential for major storms was there, but fortunately "the ingredients didn't all come together at the right time."

An estimated 2 inches of rain was reported 10 miles north of Montevideo. Hail measuring 1 inch was reported in Glencoe.

Much of southern and central Minnesota was under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. Sunday.

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