Updated: 08/25/2014 7:05 AM
Created: 08/24/2014 5:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A large swath of Minnesota counties stretching from the Twin Cities into northern Minnesota were under a tornado watch for much of Sunday, and some areas of western Wisconsin were also affected.
Heavy rain, ominous clouds and hail were reported as the storms moved through the state. A brief tornado touchdown was confirmed in Benton County, just north of Foley, in a mostly-rural area.
Damage was reported by a trained spotter a quarter mile east of County Road 22 and 155th Avenue in Benton County. Numerous trees were down, windows were blown out of buildings and cars, and a roof was blown off of a barn.
Another weather spotter saw a funnel cloud near Brennyville, which is north of Foley. It was about halfway between Highways 10 and 169.
Some funnel clouds were spotted in central Minnesota, just north of Milaca. Storm chasers Jason Karnitz and David Hindermann spotted a wall cloud on Highway 169 in Mille Lacs County.
Closer to the metro, heavy rains dumped down on the Minnesota State Fair around 5:30 p.m. Some hail was also reported later in the evening.
Duluth experienced flash flooding due to torrential downpours. The area reportedly received 2.14 inches of rain between 8:55 and 9:55 p.m.
Video courtesy of Karnitz and Hindermann.