ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – MnDOT has reopened Interstate 90 in Austin after a portion of the freeway and low-lying areas were flooded.
It is illegal to drive on any closed road and drivers can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to a press release from MnDOT.
As storm systems passed through the region, it was lights out for thousands of people in Rochester.
“We were without power here for a short period,” said Sheriff Kevin Torgerson of Olmsted County.
RPU crews were deployed across town working to restore power. Lightning strikes are the suspected cause of the power outage for more than 7,400 customers.
Every possible RPU person is helping to support outage restoration efforts. Call 280.1500 to report your outage location. #rochmn
— RPU (@rpuoutages) September 12, 2019
Rushing water also causing concern.
Heavy field runoff after rain this afternoon on Hwy 16 between Hwy 63 and Grand Meadow. Be alert. Don’t drive on roads where water is over top. pic.twitter.com/mdd2A0LlEc
— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) September 12, 2019
The line of storms even triggered tornado warnings in Iowa but so far no reports of serious damage.