Labor Day storms leave behind damage reports across Minnesota

A tornado was confirmed on radar between St. Bonifacius and Maple Plain.
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A line of powerful storms that ripped through Minnesota late Monday night left a trail of damage reports behind. 

At 10:10 p.m., there was a radar confirmed tornado between St. Bonifacius and Maple Plain, or about four miles north/northwest of Mound. 

Three miles north/northeast of St. Bonifacius a trained spotter reported tree downs on top of a house and more trees blocking a road. Another report out of the same area said power lines were downed by strong winds. 

The National Weather Service is expected to assess the area to determine if damage is consistent with a tornado or straight-line winds. 

When the storm was moving through the Hutchinson area it downed a tree branch that landed on a power line, causing the branch to start on fire. 

In Belgrade, located in Stearns County, there were reports of 1-inch hail. There's also a photo of a cat on social media that is believed to have been killed by hailstones in the Belgrade area. 

In nearby Brooten, one home's porch windows were blown out by strong winds. 

Further south, in New London, hail the size of golf balls – 1.75-inches in diameter – was  reported. 

There were also numerous reports of wind gusts in the 50-60 mph range from west-central Minnesota all the way through the Twin Cities and southeast towards Faribault and parts of southweast Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 

Near Circle Pines, in Anoka County, trees were downed including some that were uprooted. 

Downed trees scattered along the tracks for the Northstar train have forced all operations to run on the outbound track at the Elk River and Ramsey stations. It's caused delays of 10-15 minutes on Northstar trips Tuesday morning. 

It's likely that daylight will provide a better picture of what kind of damage was caused by the Labor Day storms. In the meantime, pleasant weather is forecast, although it'll be breezy Tuesday before some late-night showers are possible Wednesday into Thursday morning. 

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