Thursday storms dump massive amounts of rain; I90 shut down, driving around Austin, county complicated
According to National Weather Service-La Crosse meteorologist Dan Jones, as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday storms dumped anywhere from 3 to 4 ½ inches of rain over the Austin and Mower County area over the previous 24 hours.
Flooding became an issue during the heavy rains, with the Austin Police Department advising people on its Facebook page to avoid traveling on Austin roads until the water had time to drain.
Flooding forced the closure of Interstate 90 in both directions from Sixth Street NE to Highway 56.
The Interstate was still closed by the time this paper was sent to print, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation estimating the closure would continue until about 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Throughout Austin, the rapidly rising waters caused localized flooding resulting in several vehicles being reported as stranded because they tried to drive through the water.
The flooding was just one aspect of a larger system that seemed to hover over southeast Minnesota Thursday, creating several watches and warnings, including both flood watches and warnings and a tornado watch.
Early Thursday afternoon, per scanner traffic, spotters were called out in Austin, Lyle and Adams. Radar indicated rotation was reported by the NWS between Austin and Lyle though nothing came of it.
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