Strong Storms Roll Across Northern Minnesota

Updated: 09/04/2014 1:56 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 8:54 AM
By: Jennie Olson

More storms rolled across the state Thursday, causing damage and power outages near Brainerd.

The National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm warning for Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties early Thursday. A flash flood warning was also in effect for portions of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties.

An area from Staples to Brainerd saw 70-80 mph winds Thursday morning, KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said. The area reportedly has tree and power line damage from the morning thunderstorms.

Central Lakes College in Brainerd is closed for the day because of a power and water outage. Brainerd High School also had some damage, but school is still in session.

Wednesday’s Storms

On Wednesday, 2.7 inches of rain fell at the St. Cloud Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The city of Glenwood in western Minnesota also reported flooded roads with over a foot of water covering some roads.          

Hail the size of half-dollars covered the ground 2-3 inches deep in Waverly, about 35 miles west of Minneapolis.

The hail destroyed the apple crop at Untiedt's 25-acre orchard north of Waverly. Grower Paul Nelson says the orchard was going to start picking SweeTango apples Thursday. Now, Nelson says, the apples are "basically applesauce."

In the city of Mora, there were reports of trees down and damage to the high school and the hospital from strong winds. The city was also reportedly without power for a time.

Fires destroyed the Dorset House restaurant and Companeros in Dorset and a mobile home in Park Rapids was destroyed by a fire sparked by lightning.

Weekend Forecast

Temperatures are expected to jump to the middle 80s, and the warm weather and humidity means there will be a heat index of about 95 degrees Thursday afternoon. That will quickly change as the air cools into the 50s overnight, leading to cool days and clear, crisp nights this weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Storm clouds in Forest Lake on Wednesday night
Photo: Courtesy of Tonicia Maleski
In western Minnesota, the city of Glenwood reported flooded roads with over a foot of water covering some roads.
Photo courtesy of Stephan Vegoe
A view of the morning sky over Brooklyn Park on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Photo: Courtesy of Becki Lind

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