BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Residents in the Twin Cities spent Wednesday cleaning up after Mother Nature walloped the area, especially the west and south metros.
Although trees were toppled, the soundtrack of this storm was definitely hail, as some areas experienced hail the size of hockey pucks.
Nearly a dozen windows were shattered at the Baymont Inn off of Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie because of the hail. And owners of vehicles that were parked in the hotel's parking lot saw their windows busted out, as well.
"It came out of nowhere, too. When we came out of the hotel, the sun was shining everything looked fine. And by the time we got in the car, and started backing up it was coming down," said Lance Butler who was in town on business from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Hail shattered Butler's sun roof.
Farther east in Bloomington, the storm toppled a number of trees, damaging homes.
There are no reports of injuries, but now homeowners like Matt Wiebke are left with a lot of cleanup. His 100 foot tree came down blocking his driveway.
"Your yard will never be the same. I'll plant another tree, but I will never live to see it grow half the size, so it was really sad," he said.
But he and others are grateful no one was injured.
The storm grew in strength in the west part of the state and picked up steam in Mound and Minnetrista, and then continued to Bloomington and Burnsville according to the Hennepin County Emergency Management. It seemed to lose some of its steam as it crossed the river.
It is still too early to know how much this storm may cost, but officials don't expect it to be as expensive as the June storms.
"Of course it's easy for me to say that it doesn't look bad because it's not my yard with a giant tree in it, but it doesn't look as significant. But I'm sure it will still be a pretty decent cost," said Kelly Fisher with Hennepin County Emergency Management.
The National Weather Service reports the largest hail dropped near Willmar, in New London where residents saw hail as a big as a hockey puck, or three inches in diameter.
Closer to the Twin Cities, Bloomington and Burnsville saw hail two inches in diameter, equivalent to nearly the size of a tennis ball, says a spokesperson with the National Weather Service.
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