Weather Forecast


Pea to baseball-size hail reported in Meeker County in central Minn.

LITCHFIELD -- The storms that swept through western Minnesota on Friday afternoon and evening brought pea to baseball-size hail in Meeker County.

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin said damage was mainly in central to the southern half of the county.

Traffic on U.S. Highway 12 was rerouted around the city of Dassel due to down power lines, Norlin said in a news release. Traffic was still being rerouted as of 10:30 p.m. Friday.

And a broken power pole leaning toward the CP Rail line was reported late Friday night and was delaying train traffic in rural Watkins in northern Meeker County. A power crew was en route.

Norlin reported damage in Litchfield, Cosmos and Dassel.

The roof was blown off a commercial building just west of Litchfield, and a barn south of town sustained major damage.

In the Cosmos area, two homes, a shed and two barns were damaged.

Major damage in Dassel included buildings in the industrial park, a large storage building blown down, many garage doors blown in, and many trees that fell on structures and brought down power lines.

Multiple trees and power lines were down throughout the county, Norlin said, resulting in multiple power outages, and roads being blocked as well.

The sheriff said two injuries were reported related to the storm: minor glass cuts after hail damage broke a windshield and a fall from a ladder when the person was cutting trees.