Weather Forecast


Severe storm with high winds races across Minnesota creating havoc

Workers survey the building damage at Carlson Dairy Sunday near Pennock. Photo by Carolyn Lange1 / 4
Portable buildings and lumber were strewn about the Grandview Buildings' manufacturing site about 3.5 miles west of Litchfield by the storm Sunday morning. Photo by Kelly Boldan2 / 4
Two large trees were knocked down by the storm in the 11900 block of Indian Beach Road on the southeast side of Green Lake in rural Spicer. Photo by Kelly Boldan3 / 4
Several turkey barns about 2.5 miles east of Kandiyohi, along U.S. Highway 12, were damaged by the thunderstorm's winds Sunday morning. Photo by Kelly Boldan.4 / 4

WILLMAR -- A strong storm thundered out of South Dakota early Sunday morning and raced across western Minnesota and rolled quickly eastward through the Twin Cities and into Wisconsin. The storm carried high winds, hard rain, significant hail and heavy lightning.

The length of the storm ran from southern Minnesota far northward into the Arrowhead region of the state.

The storms winds, hail and rain wreaked havoc across parts of western Minnesota.

The National Weather Service said the storm “left a trail of hail and wind damage reports all the way (from) Pierre, South Dakota … into central Wisconsin.”

Power was knocked out in parts of the region and across the state.

Multiple power poles were broken on the power line along Kandiyohi County 5, just west of Ridgewater College in Willmar.

More than 87,000 Twin Cities households were without power as of about 11:30 a.m., according to Xcel Energy.

Hail from the storm was heavy in locations across the state. The city of Coon Rapids had to deploy a snowplow in low areas as some vehicles were getting stuck in an accumulation of hail.

Tornado sirens were sounded in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties about 8 a.m.

The  National Weather Service reported 80 mph winds shortly after 8 a.m. in Litchfield.

Trees and power lines in Kerkhoven were damaged Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Various businesses suffered damage from the storm.

The Carlson Dairy of Pennock was heavily damaged.

Grandview Buildings’ portable building manufacturing site located along U.S. Highway 12 about 3.5 miles west of Litchfield was damaged. Both portable buildings and lumber were strewn through the production complex.

Turkey barns about 2.5 miles east of Kandiyohi along U.S. Highway 12 were damaged.

There was tree damage around Green Lake and in Spicer. The tree damage was significant along parts of Indian Beach Road on the southeast side of the lake. Some trees’ root systems were pulled out of the soil, while others had major tree branches broken off.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported a house fire in southwest Alexandria about 6:21 a.m. reportedly due to a lightning strike.

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities said “More storms (are) expected this afternoon and evening.”

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Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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