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Thousands Without Power After MN Storms

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Xcel Energy says nearly 140,000 customers are without power in Minnesota following severe thunderstorms. 

The company reports about 1,500 outages affecting about 139,600 customers before 7 a.m. Friday. 

The National Weather Service says some parts of Minnesota got 4 to 5 inches of rain in just a couple hours. Another round of big thunderstorms is coming Friday night, and people in central and southern Minnesota should be alert.

The National Weather Service says several communities in west-central Minnesota are experiencing flash flooding following last night's severe thunderstorms. 

Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck are among those that flooded after big downpours. He says some areas got 4 to 5 inches of rain in two to three hours. Franks says flooding in those areas developed in about an hour because storm drains just couldn't handle the volume. 

Franks says the storms are moving south and east and should have moved into Wisconsin by about 8 a.m. Friday.  

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