Updated: 08/08/2013 12:30 AM
Created: 08/06/2013 5:58 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Band after band of severe weather hit the metro Tuesday night, bringing hail, heavy downpours, and gusty winds.
The storms left scattered damage across the metro, including flooding, broken windows and downed trees.
Xcel Energy says more than 44,000 customers from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities area were without power around 9 p.m. Most of the outages were centered in the Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis areas.
As of Wednesday night, about 1,000 customers were still without power.
In Richfield, police closed 70th Street and Sheridan Avenue South due to downed trees and power lines. A photo sent to KSTP (shown above) shows two people kayaking through storm water on Sheridan Avenue during a National Night Out party.
Bloomington was hit hard by the storm with trees knocked down in the area. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Highway 77 near Mall of America was closed briefly due to standing water but has since reopened.
Reports of 1-inch and 2-inch hail were common as the storms passed over the Twin Cities area. The National Weather Service says trained spotters also reported 3-inch hail near New London and 2.5-inch hail near Morris in western Minnesota.
KSTP.com has also received reports of many vehicles damaged by hail, including an Eden Prairie squad car with a broken windshield.
Vehicles damaged by hail are keeping Bergin Auto Body in Eden Prairie busy. Mark Millard owns the shop and says he's never seen a day like this, "It's just so many cars got damaged that it's just constant." Normally the shop closes at 5:30 p.m. but because so many people's cars are damaged, they'll be staying open until 9 p.m. Wednesday.
KSTP's Megan Newquist took video of hail damaging a window at her home in Edina.
The first band of the storms came through the Twin Cities around 7:30 p.m. The threat of severe weather diminished for the metro shortly before 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado north of Willmar at about 5:15 p.m., but there were no immediate reports of a touchdown.
The weather service said a trained spotter reported a funnel cloud near Morris at about 4:15 p.m., but no immediate touchdown.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.