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Storm damage reports across northern Minnesota; severe weather possible Tuesday, Wednesday

Storms could pack a punch again Tuesday and especially Wednesday.
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Trees down in Grand Rapids. 

Hail the size of baseballs and winds up to 80 mph pounded parts of northern Minnesota Monday, while Duluth was rocked by torrential rain from a severe thunderstorm that flooded stretches of Interstate 35. 

In Beltrami County, the powerful storms littered roadways with tree debris, as shown in this photo taken by a sheriff's deputy. 

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The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office also posted a photo of a hailstone the size of a baseball, with the Facebook post drawing in further comments from people in the area who were also slammed by huge hail. 


Grand Rapids may have been hit the hardest, with reports of numerous trees down, bleachers flipped, a flag pole snapped in half and a stoplight knocked to the ground. 

A woman near the shore of Lake Superior sent meteorologist Sven Sundgaard video of winds whipping up what she thought might be iron ore dust, giving a red glow to the sky as the storm ripped through. 

The tunnels along I-35 in Duluth were closed in both directions due to flooding, as shown in the video posted by CBS Duluth. 

Storm reports from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service show giant hail all across parts of the Northland and northwest Wisconsin. 

  • 3-inch diameter hail in Douglas County, Wisconsin
  • Multiple trees down in Mercer, Wisconsin
  • Trees and a power line down in Aitkin County
  • Partial tree on a house 3 miles northeast of Duluth
  • 62 mph wind gust 2 miles northwest of Superior
  • 2.9-inch diameter hail in Bena, Minnesota
  • Nine 80-foot-tall Norway pine trees uprooted in Grand Rapids
  • Flag pole snapped in half by damaging winds in Grand Rapids
  • Multiple trees down east of Hill City in Aitkin County
  • Roof blown off a structure 3 miles southwest of Wirt in Itasca County
  • Large trees blown down in north Duluth. 

Severe storms are possible again Tuesday in southern Minnesota, though the weather service says the chance that storms develop is low. Any storms that do get going, however, will be capable of producing very large hail and strong winds. 

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A better chance of severe weather exists Wednesday, especially in Wisconsin. 

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