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A line of strong thunderstorms moved through the Northland on Monday afternoon and evening, knocking out power to several thousand homes and businesses and prompting a tornado warning on the Iron Range. There was no immediate confirmation of a funnel cloud or tornado in the area just south of Aurora where National Weather Service radar indicated rotation in a storm just after 7 p.m.
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Several thousand homes and businesses are without power across the Northland in the wake of strong storms that swept through the region during the early morning hours. Minnesota Power reported about 2,500 customers without power as of 6:25 a.m., including a large outage of about 1,800 customers in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood. About 400 customers were without power between Cloquet and Brookston.
Early morning storms knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses and dropped torrential rains in parts of the Northland. A flood warning is in effect until 1:30 p.m. for southeastern Aitkin, western Pine, southwestern Carlton and southwestern Burnett counties, after several rounds of storms dropped an estimated 2 to 6 inches of rain in that area.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Northland until 11 a.m. today The National Weather Service reports that large hail and damaging winds are possible as storms move into the region from the west during the morning hours. There also have been several severe thunderstorm warnings issued for parts of Carlton, Aitkin and Pine counties this morning for storms — ahead of the main batch of storms — that have produced large hail.
After one round of strong thunderstorms moved through the Northland early today, additional strong, possibly severe storms may affect the region tonight and Thursday, the National Weather Service reported. The morning storms moved through the Twin Ports between 5 and 6 a.m., producing a vivid lightning show and dropping more than an inch of rain at Western Lake Superior Sanitary District rain gauges in Pike Lake, Proctor and at the WLSSD plant in Lincoln Park.
Communities across the region will celebrate the Fourth of July — Independence Day — with a wide range of parades, fireworks, games, races and other activities. And the fun isn't confined to the holiday on Tuesday — many towns have scheduled events for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, too. Of note for revelers in the Twin Ports: There is a change to the events in Superior this year. Many Fourth of July activities, including the fireworks, will be held at Barker's Island for the first time in more than 20 years, city officials said.
A flood advisory is in effect for the Twin Ports and surrounding area until 11:15 p.m. as another round of rain - on top of what already has fallen today - may cause minor flooding. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for southeastern St. Louis, northeastern Carlton and northwestern Douglas counties. It includes Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake, Cloquet, Scanlon, Carlton, Mahtowa, Barnum, Wrenshall, and Oliver.
Duluth firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded to a report of a water emergency on Lake Superior just before 3 p.m. Monday. Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Clint Reff said a kiteboard had tipped over on the lake offshore from the Rose Garden and Leif Erikson Park, and the boarder tired while trying to right it. Firefighters reached him in their boat and gave him a ride to shore, Reff said. He was uninjured.
Authorities on Saturday identified the wrong-way driver who died after causing a pair of freeway crashes in Duluth on Friday as a 77-year-old man from the Twin Cities metro area. The Minnesota State Patrol said Dennis Edlund of Centerville, Minn., died after colliding with two vehicles while driving a Hyundai Sonata the wrong way in the Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge at about 5:15 p.m. Friday. That crash came moments after the wrong-way vehicle sparked a three-car crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near 27th Avenue West.