Large hail hits parts of Twin Cities metro

9:16 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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Photo Gallery: Storms roll through Metro, Central Minn. on Aug. 6
  • Photo Courtesy: @edenprairiepd
  • Photo Courtesy: Carrie Allen, from Cambridge
    

CHANHASSEN, Minn. - A tornado watch was called for much of central Minnesota including the Twin Cities Metro area on Tuesday night, but the bulk of the damage from the first wave of the storm was hail.

The watch remained in effect until 9 p.m. across Minnesota's midsection as intense thunderstorms moved through the Metro. The second wave is expected to hit the west Metro at after 9 p.m., but it's not supposed to be as severe.

Before 8 p.m., an Eden Prairie police squad car was struck by hail which blew out the back window. Hail damage was reported across Eden Prairie and Edina.

Other reports of trees and power lines being down were also widespread. Xcel Energy says that about 30,000 people were without power as of about 9 p.m.

 

Spotters also reported 3-inch hail near New London and 2.5-inch hail near Morris. There were other reports of large hail and high winds as well.

The National Weather Service said there were no immediate reports of a touchdown.

 

The weather service issued a tornado warning for Pine County in east-central Minnesota and Burnett County in northwestern Wisconsin about 6:30 p.m. after trained spotters saw a rotating wall cloud.

A spotter saw a funnel cloud near Morris about 4:15 p.m., but no touchdown.

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