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Storms with winds reaching 80 mph sweep across Minnesota after hot, humid daytime conditions


MINNEAPOLIS — Strong storms have moved across much of Minnesota following a day of sweltering heat.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1Mp6yyP ) reports the storms reached the Twin Cities area before 11 p.m. Sunday after developing in western Minnesota. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Hiltbrand says wind gusts reached 80 mph in Douglas and Morrison counties.

According to Hiltbrand, trees were down in the Brainerd area, and a barn was knocked down in northern Todd County.

Earlier Sunday, the newspaper says temperatures were well into the 80s and 90s in much of the state, and muggy conditions pushed the heat index above 100 degrees. The heat index reached 110 in Montevideo and 109 in Appleton.

Hiltbrand says temperatures could get into the upper 80s Monday, but that the heat index should stay in the lower 90s.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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