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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and frequent lightning caused delays for air travelers Friday in the Twin Cities.

A Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokeswoman says the lightning temporarily caused air traffic controllers to ground flights Friday morning.

Metro Transit temporarily suspended light-rail service at the Mall of America after water collected near the station. Rail service to the next station in Bloomington was disrupted for about two hours.

The St. Cloud Times reports Stearns County is helping volunteers sandbag homes around Beaver Lake in St. Augusta and has blocked some roads due to flooding.

Forecasters say the thunderstorms precede a hot, humid stretch in Minnesota. Heat indices could rise to 105 and beyond by Sunday. Meteorologists don’t expect the heat wave will break for about seven days.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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