Minnesota bracing stormy weather
Heavy rain and hail were expected across much of southern and central Minnesota Wednesday morning.
A second round of powerful storms with a stronger impact is expected to hit late in the afternoon and into the evening.
The hurricane watch was in effect until 9 p.m. in southwestern Minnesota and covered an area from Mankato south to the Iowa border and west to Mitchell, SD.
“This is going to be a good night to have a way to receive weather warnings,” said meteorologist Chris O’Brien, who works for the Met Office in Chanhassen.
earlier on Wednesday.
Storms dumped more than 3 inches of rain near Wasica and hail reached an inch or more in diameter in Plainview, Cason, Pine Island, St. Michael and Cottonwood.
The Met Office said the largest boulders – 2 inches in diameter or the size of a tennis ball – fell in Oronoco, a town north of Rochester.
Some Xcel Energy customers have lost service in the St. Cloud after morning storms swept through Stearns County.
Wednesday’s severe weather comes after two days of powerful storms that brought down power lines.
They brought down dozens of trees and damaged buildings in Chisago County and Polk County in western Wisconsin.
Residents of Lindstrom, Minnesota, are still cleaning up damage from Monday’s storms.
The sheriff’s office said damage occurred across Chisago County.
Record highs near 90 degrees and humid conditions likely lead to more storms Thursday when most of the state is at increased risk of severe weather.