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High winds trash cars at Minn. dealership

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - A burst of strong winds has damaged dozens of vehicles at a south-central Minnesota car dealership.

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Winds and heavy rain ripped through Kohls-Weelborg Chevrolet in New Ulm around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

General manager Doug Schablin said the storm hit without warning, adding that the sudden rain and wind "turned everything white."

Schablin says it was over within 20-30 seconds, but in that time the wind blew out the windows of 70 vehicles and bent flagpoles at the dealership to the ground.

The National Weather Service says winds at the airport were clocked at 75 mph.

A Brown County sheriff's dispatcher says trees and signs are down in New Ulm, but no injuries are reported.

Much of central and northern Minnesota and parts of southern Minnesota are under flash flood watches until Thursday.

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