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Thunderstorms triggered multiple reports of flooding in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota on Friday night and Saturday morning.
According to the National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities/Chanhassen, Minn., stalled out vehicles were observed in standing water in the city of Eau Claire, Wis. during a flash flood event.
The report was relayed via the National Weather Service at 10:50 p.m. Friday and credited to a trained weather spotter. The report was echoed by several more accounts of flooding and storm damage.
According to reports from the National Weather Service, a stretch of 10th Ave. near the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout was closed on account of flooding in Menomonie, and street flooding was reported by law enforcement in Altoona.
An additional storm report indicated a section of road was washed out near the community of Spring Valley in St. Croix County. That reported was relayed via a 911 call center.
The thunderstorms that prompted flooding near Eau Claire were the same collection of storms that caused damage in Minnesota.
Trees were reported to have fallen on power lines at the University of Minnesota campus in Hennepin County, two, 25-inch diameter trees were observed to have toppled near the community of Excelsior, Minn. and multiple reports of tree damage were observed by a trained spotter in Medina, Minn.
Among the downed trees included ones estimated between two and three feet in diameter.
Friday night's activity followed a line of severe thunderstorms that dropped in some locations, more than 2" of rain on Central Wisconsin during the morning commute.
The storms are kicking off a weekend that will bring the risk of showers and thunderstorms each day. The atmosphere has an ample supply of warm and humid conditions, plus given the placement of a stationary front and the jet stream over the Midwest, the components to trigger thunderstorms will exist through the weekend.
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