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Thunderstorm batters local communities Friday

A semi-trailer driver avoided injury early Friday after the truck he was driving jack-knifed on Highway 52 near Pine Island while storms passed through the area.

The semi, driven by Donald Semann, 54, Sparta, Wis., closed both northbound lanes of Highway 52 after the 3:57 a.m. incident, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The road reopened at 5:30 a.m.

The incident occurred during heavy storms, which included a tornado warning issued in Goodhue County.

Heavy winds struck AgPartners in Lake City, where manager Jim McNamara said a grain bin and a dryer received major damage.

He did not have a damage estimate Friday afternoon, but said the outlook is concerning.

"With harvest right around the corner, it's not a good thing," McNamara said.

There were reports of wind damage and numerous downed trees throughout Lake City.

Goodhue County sheriff' deputies responded to numerous weather-related calls after the storms, including power lines down near a Wanamingo school and reports of down power lines draped across a Pine Island house.

Besides heavy lightning and thunder, the storm brought heavy rains to at least one portion of the county. A trained spotter reported receiving 3.5 inches of rain in Dennison, according to the National Weather Service.

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