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Twin Cities hit with record daily rainfall

ST. PAUL -- Thunderstorms soaked the Twin Cities on Thursday, swamping roads at rush hour and setting a daily rainfall record, the National Weather Service said.

The storms, which tapered off by about 9 p.m., dumped 3.28 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist at the Weather Service office in Chanhassen. That amount was later revised.

St. Paul firefighters responded to at least two reports of lightning strikes on Thursday afternoon -- one at a garden store on West Seventh Street and one at a residence on Dayton Avenue -- though significant damage wasn’t reported, said Deputy Fire Chief Stacy Hohertz.

Xcel Energy said thousands of its customers were affected by power failures. The outages were scattered around the Twin Cities and concentrated across southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin along a line from Mankato to Eau Claire.

No injuries were immediately reported following the outbreak of severe weather.

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