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Storms down trees, drop hail across Northland

Strong storms swept across parts of the Northland on Thursday afternoon, dropping hail and downing trees. The storms brought ominous clouds, gusty winds and heavy rain to Duluth -- not long after the nine tall ships in town for the weekend entere...

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Ominous-looking clouds moved over Duluth late in the afternoon on Thursday. The storms brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the Twin Ports, but no immediate reports of damage. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)

Strong storms swept across parts of the Northland on Thursday afternoon, dropping hail and downing trees.

The storms brought ominous clouds, gusty winds and heavy rain to Duluth -- not long after the nine tall ships in town for the weekend entered the harbor and tied up --but there were no reports of any damage.

To the north, the National Weather Service received reports of trees down in the Tower and Soudan areas about 4 p.m. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported trees fell across Minnesota Highway 169 and McKinley Park Road near Soudan, but they had been cleaned up by mid-evening.

A weather spotter in Nett Lake reported one-inch diameter hail -- about the size of quarters -- with some hail accumulation on the ground about 2 p.m.

Later in the afternoon and into the evening, there were reports of hail up to quarter-size and trees down in Gile in Northwestern Wisconsin; half-inch hail at Alborn; nickel-size hail in International Falls; and trees down in the Crosslake and Deerwood areas of Crow Wing County.

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