A fast-moving line of thunderstorms spewed hail over portions of Pope, Kandiyohi and Meeker counties on Tuesday night.
The West Central Tribune reports that according the National Weather Service, the first reports of pea-sized hail were reported around 4:40 p.m. by law enforcement in Pope County. Officers reported hail in areas near Gilchrist and Swift Falls.
Reports to the Weather Service from trained observers and law enforcement in Kandiyohi County were soon to follow. They reported three-inch diameter hail near Sunburg, as well as hail 10 miles north of Willmar, and areas both north and west of New London as the storms tracked eastward.
Meeker County dispatched officers and trained observers as the storms arrived. There were reports of quarter-size hail as the storms rumbled into the county around 5:30 p.m., according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
There were subsequent reports of pea-sized hail in the Grove City and EdenValley areas.
Meeker County officials also dealt with reports of downed trees blocking two different streets in Dassel at 6:36 p.m.
Xcel Energy says 5,000 customers remained without power from the Twin Cities area to the La Crosse, Wisconsin area by late Wednesday afternoon. (Picture of shelf cloud in the Twins Cities Metro area courtesy of WeatherEye Meteorologist Jennifer Wojcicki)