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Strong thunderstorms roll across Northland, knock out power

Andrew Krueger

Duluth News Tribune

Strong thunderstorms rolled across the Northland early Wednesday, prompting several severe weather warnings, knocking out power to several thousand homes and businesses and providing an unplanned early wake-up call for many residents. 

The storms brought pea-sized hail and wind gusts to 45 mph - along with a lot of thunder and lightning - as they moved through the Duluth and Superior areas at about 3:30 a.m. Nickel-size hail was reported by a weather spotter near Willow River, the National Weather Service said.

Lake Country Power reported about 1,700 customers without power as of 8 a.m. - down from about 2,700 as of 5 a.m. - with the largest outages in Itasca County. Minnesota Power reported about 3,000 customers without power as of 8 a.m. - down from about 4,000 as of 5 a.m. - with most of those outages in Cass and Crow Wing counties.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as the line of strong thunderstorms raced across the region from west to east.

There will be several more chances for strong, possibly severe thunderstorms in the Northland starting Thursday evening and continuing through the weekend, the Weather Service reported.

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