Hail pounds central Minnesota

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Aug 7, 2013 at 4:44 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Many farmers in central Minnesota will be out checking their fields today to see if they dodged severe hail storms that rumbled through the region Tuesday night.

Hail from an inch to nearly three inches in diameter was reported between 6 and 8 pm all across Stearns, Kandiyohi, Meeker and Wright counties.

A rotating funnel cloud was reported by a trained weather spotter near Morris in Stevens County. There were also reports of trees down on power lines in the Dassel area. Minnesota Highway 77 near the Mall of America was closed in both directions for a period of time last night due to flooding from heavy rain, and hail stones were large enough in the Twin Cities metro area that it knocked the back window out of an Eden Prairie police squad car.

Xcel Energy reported 44-thousand customers without power between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities.

St. Cloud's official rainfall total on Tuesday was just .16 of an inch.

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