Strong to severe storms moved across the Northland on Tuesday, giving the region its first taste of severe weather this year.
(Well, severe weather that doesn’t include snow, anyway.)
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern St. Louis County — including Duluth — and northeastern Carlton County until 5;30 p.m. Tuesday.
At 4:29 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line from Brookston to 6 miles east of Cromwell, moving northeast at 20 mph. These storms can produce quarter-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph. Hail damage to vehicles is expected, the Weather Service reported, as is wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.
Communities affected by these storms included Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake, Cloquet, Scanlon, Carlton, Thomson, Brookston, Saginaw, Island Lake, Alborn and the Fond du Lac Reservation.
The Weather Service advised that residents move to an interior room on the lowest floor of their homes or buildings.
A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 8 p.m. for all of Northeastern Minnesota except Cook County, as well as Douglas, Burnett and Washburn counties in Wisconsin.
The Weather Service forecast placed the greatest threat in an “enhanced risk” area stretching from about Two Harbors south toward the Twin Cities and from Brainerd nearly to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.