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Photos: Severe storms pound northern US with hail, powerful winds

By Courtney Barrow, AccuWeather staff writer
June 12, 2017, 6:08:12 AM EDT

Severe weather swept through the northern U.S. Sunday, leaving thousands without power and a path of destruction in its wake.

Hail reached up to 2 inches in diameter in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to reports. Wind gusts reached as high as 80 mph.

Reports flooded in of large trees and power lines falling in the wake of the storm. As many as 165,000 were without power in central Minnesota, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Two people were hurt when wind gusts reportedly flipped over a pickup and camper in St. Paul, Minnesota, but authorities say the injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.

In Wright County, the cinder block dugout of a high school baseball field was destroyed during the afternoon.

Xcel Energy restored power to many customers throughout the day, but said some would be without power until as late as Wednesday.

In Wisconsin, similar damage was reported. Wind gusts reached as high as 70 mph.

A temporary greenhouse along Highway 70 near Grantsburg, Wisconsin, was destroyed in the storm. Some highways were closed due to flooding throughout the day.

Parts of northern Michigan also saw tree damage, downed power lines and strong wind gusts. Around 9 p.m. CDT Monday, the Island Resort and Casino in Delta County was reportedly without power.

"A volatile weather pattern is expected to continue early this week, with more storms possible on Monday afternoon and Tuesday night," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts.

"It will be important for residents to keep up to date on local watches and warnings, and keep a weather radio or cell phone nearby with storm alerts enabled."

Severe storms to unleash damaging winds, hail across northern US through early this week
Minneapolis, MN forecast
Green Bay, WI forecast

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Public Works in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, cleans up hail from the streets following severe weather that swept across the northern U.S. on June 11, 2017. (Photo/Twitter/@CoonRapidsGov)

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A snow plow was on hand to clean up the hail and free up cars in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, following a severe storm that plowed through the northern U.S. on June 11, 2017. (Photo/Twitter/@CoonRapidsGov)

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