BEMIDJI-An early-summer storm brought rain and hail to the area on Tuesday, briefly shutting down traffic in certain spots and causing property damage in the Bemidji area.
According to Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Christopher Muller, the storm affected the majority of the county in varying degrees. More severe weather affected other parts of the state.
"It was a slow-moving storm; it was producing hail for upward of an hour," Muller said about the local storm. "The largest of the hail was probably all within a timeframe of 20 minutes."
Although there was hail of various sizes, Muller said the largest reports came from southeast Beltrami County and northeast Hubbard County. Muller said the hail in those areas may have reached the size of tennis balls.
There were some residents who reported vehicle damage, as well as siding damage on their homes. In spite of the property damage, there were no injuries reported in Beltrami County.
Muller said the southwest corner was the only portion of the county that didn't receive hail.
Still, drivers had to pull off the road as the rain poured down and the hail began to pile up. Wind damage brought down some mature trees in the area of Power Dam Road near the Mississippi River. The National Weather Service reported that there were gusts of wind that reached up to 40 mph in Bemidji around 7:30 p.m.
However, the wind was not as wide-reaching as it has been in years past.
"I would say the wind damage was fairly isolated," Muller said.
Humidity reached as much as 93 percent just before 11 p.m. Streaks of lightning zigzagged across the sky, which was infused with rich hues of blue and yellow.
The harsh weather wasn't just located in the northern part of the state. Lightning reportedly caused three fires in the southern Twin Cities metro area, destroying one family's home.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported winds as strong as 85 mph in the southern portion of the state. Photos showed vehicles in Lakeville where that were stalled in water that reached above their hoods.