Trees down, flooding as Saturday's storms pass


A bunch of severe weather alerts ended several hours early, Saturday evening.

As of 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service says the storms have mostly died down.

However, some damage has been done.

The NWS reports some large hail fell. Two-inch hail has been reported in Todd County in central Minnesota. Large hail has also been reported north of Bemidji.

There've been reports of high winds and wind-related damages. Those mostly affected eastern parts of the state, spanning from the Twin Cities area to Duluth.

Heavy rain caused some flooding northeast of Brainerd in Aitkin.

The National Weather Service said large hail, strong winds and tornados were all possible with Saturday night's storms.

A tornado watch had been in effect until 9 p.m. for most of northeastern Minnesota.

The Twin Cities and southern parts of the state had been in a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m.

There were warnings that the Duluth area could see winds up to 80 mph and quarter-sized hail.

Just west of Duluth in Craigville, hail the size of Ping-Pong balls was said to be possible.

A heat advisory for the Twin Cities and parts of southern Minnesota has been issued with temperatures set to soar Saturday afternoon.

A National Weather Service (NWS) says air temperatures in the metro area and other parts of the state including Monticello, Stillwater, New Ulm and Mankato will hit between 90 and 95.

The heat index though will be higher, with the humidity making it feel like it's between 95 and 100 degrees, prompting the heat advisory which affects 15 counties.

The advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

From about 3 p.m. thunderstorms are expected to start, with the Twin Cities having an "enhanced risk" of severe thunderstorms.

The NWS is warning that large hail, strong wind gusts and even tornadoes are a possibility.

BringMeTheNews reported yesterday that meteorologists are comparing the incoming storm system to one from July 14, 2010, which produced "several tornadoes" from Northfield into west central Wisconsin.

There’s also some concern that Saturday’s weather might have the chance to resemble the worst tornado outbreak in Minnesota history, which happened June 17, 2010 when 48 tornadoes touched down.

Here are the National Weather Service's warnings:

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