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June rainfall close to setting a record

From staff reports

Rainfall in Rochester this month is about an inch away from pushing its way into the top 10 records for June rains.

As of about 7 a.m. today, the National Weather Service at La Crosse, Wis., reported 5.34 inches of rain had fallen at Rochester International Airport this month. The record for June is 12.52 inches in 2000; number 10 is 6.43 inches in 1996.

Rainfall totals for the past 24 hours, as of 7 a.m. today, from other areas, are: 0.02 inch in Dodge Center, 0.04 inch in Austin, 0.5 inch in Grand Meadow and 0.13 inch in Lanesboro.

Included in this morning's storm were strong winds that blew a tree limb over a power line near Viola Road Northeast and knocked out power to 2,124 customers in northeast and southeast Rochester from 5:50 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., according to Julie Broker, communications coordinator for Rochester Public Utilities.

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Some other scattered outages were also reported when transformers blew out, she said. RPU crews were out this morning making repairs.

The extra 1.1 inches the Rochester area needs to get into the record books as one of the wettest Junes could be coming in the next several days, according to the weather service forecast.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 10 a.m. for the region and rain is again expected tonight and Thursday. Showers are also possible Thursday night and Friday and through the weekend. Monday and Tuesday should be partly cloudy with another chance of rain Tuesday.

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