For at least a few drivers, this was too little, too late.
Their cars were already mostly submerged in several feet of standing water, which had flooded an underpass beneath Highway 36 in Roseville. The images from that moment, quickly captured and tweeted by a few drivers in (barely) drier conditions, are the stuff of nightmares.
Picture that moment. The tires aren't moving. The water's not going down. Rather the opposite. You'll have to swim for it.
This woman appropriately called what she was looking at a "terrifying scene."
Here's a slightly better look from roughly the same angle.
6 cars submerged at Hwy 36 & Fairview in Roseville. Occupants out. pic.twitter.com/IGJ22YkjFz— Ted Haller (@TedHallerFox9) July 6, 2016
Roseville's not the only suburb in the metro getting waterlogged tonight: MPR's Paul Douglas reports word of "floating cars" in Columbia Heights, to go along with the scarily sunken ones in Roseville. The Pioneer Press reports the same storm systems, which had ripped across central Minnesota before hitting the Twin Cities, have left some 95,000 people without power.
Another shot of abandoned cars in Roseville. pic.twitter.com/VaWlz1XOXy— Ted Haller (@TedHallerFox9) July 6, 2016
This downpour's not going anywhere just yet, either: A severe thunderstorm watch from the National Weather Service will stay in effect for dozens of counties — including Hennepin and Ramsey — through at least 11:00 p.m.
Stay inside if you can. If you absolutely must move around — say you've got tickets to Adele — please avoid anything that looks bigger than a puddle.
UPDATE: Similar flooding has hit northeast Minneapolis:
In this short video, Fox's Jack Highberger notes a car that, like those in Roseville, got trapped in way too much water to motor through. (Note: Highberger here suggests the driver might still be inside, but later added that the vehicle was empty at this time.)