Storms in Northland prompt tornado warnings, drop torrential rain
Strong storms moved across parts of the Northland on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, bringing torrential rainfall to some areas and prompting several tornado warnings.
The tornado warnings -- for the Cable and Seeley areas in Northwestern Wisconsin, and in areas west and southeast of Brainerd -- were based on radar-indicated rotation in storms; there was no immediate confirmation of any tornado touchdowns.
The National Weather Service relayed reports of trees down in the Hayward, Gordon, Cable, Drummond and Mellen areas, and golf ball-size hail that punched holes in siding of a home near Brainerd.
Xcel Energy reported several hundred customers without power in Northwestern Wisconsin as of late Monday evening; about 275 remained without service early Tuesday morning. Minnesota Power and Lake Country Power, combined, reported several hundred customers without power across northern Minnesota on Monday night, but service had been restored to most customers by Tuesday morning.
In western Minnesota, observers reported hail to the size of baseballs in the New York Mills area of Otter Tail County on Monday evening.
The Weather Service relayed reports early Tuesday morning of 6 inches of rain overnight at Poplar in Douglas County, 5.8 inches of rain in nearby Maple, 4 inches at Hawthorne and 3 inches at Herbster. The overnight downpours in Northwestern Wisconsin came after a round of heavy rain on Sunday night, and prompted a flood advisory for some areas through mid-morning Tuesday.
Other Northland overnight rainfall totals included 2.18 inches at Moose Lake, 2 inches near Saginaw, 1.57 inches at Scanlon and 1.02 inches at Brookston. The Duluth airport reported 0.9 inches. The rain should help ease drought conditions in southern St. Louis, Douglas, Carlton and Pine counties.
The storms helped drop temperatures in the Twin Ports after the Duluth airport topped out at 90 degrees earlier Monday. Areas away from Lake Superior should see highs in the 80s to near 90 degrees again Tuesday. There will be a slight chance of showers and storms on Tuesday afternoon.