Damage reported in western Minnesota from thunderstorms Monday morning

Hail ranging from pea- to baseball-sized was reported Monday morning in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle counties in western Minnesota.

Hail in Montevideo
Hail on the morning of May 9, 2022, in Montevideo, Minnesota, shared by Mary McChesney.
Courtesy of Mary McChesney / Montevideo
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LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY, CHIPPEWA COUNTY — As thunderstorms rolled through the area Monday morning, they dropped golf- to baseball-size hail on field, yards, houses and cars.

Chippewa County Sheriff Derek Olson reported that vinyl siding on homes within an approximately 10-mile long swath of the storm was "trashed," in addition to damage to roofs and cars.

The area which received the most hail was from about three to four miles west of Montevideo to about five miles east. There was a report of a power pole that was sheared off along the highway between Maynard and Clara City, according to Olson.

There was also a little bit of flash flooding from runoff from fields that quickly dissipated.

Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Allen Anderson reported dime- to golf ball-sized hail, mostly in the Boyd area and southeast part of the county, as well as strong winds. There was no major damage reported, but the hail did take out the windshield of one of the Sheriff Office's squad cars.


A heavy thunderstorm rolled through central Minnesota on the morning of May 9, 2022, depositing hail at many locations.

Chippewa County also saw damage from high winds Sunday morning, which toppled a couple of small buildings in the county, Olson noted.

According to the National Weather Service, two of the top 10 wind gusts reported Sunday morning were in Chippewa County. A gust of 66 mph was recorded by a Minnesota Department of Transportation meter southwest of Clara City, and a gust of 51 mph was recorded at the Montevideo Airport.

A gust of 67 mph recorded by a MnDOT meter near Hanley Falls topped the report, which included some unofficial data. Others in the region included 63 mph on a MnDOT meter near Belgrade, 62 at the Granite Falls Airport and 61 at the Willmar Airport.

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: or phone at 320-214-4339.
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