7/1/2011 Saint Cloud, MN Severe Storms, Large Hail, High Winds and storm damage.

Severe storms hit central Minnesota with large hail, high winds, heavy rain and street flooding in the Saint Cloud, MN area.

BNVN Weather Paparazzi Doug Kiesling was tracking the tornado warned storm that hit the Saint Cloud, MN area this afternoon. No tornado was spotted but large hail did hit holiday travelers on Interstate 94 heading up to northern Minnesota. Hail up to two inches fell over the interstate and turned it into a parking lot near Saint Joseph, MN.

The main show with this storm system was the heavy rain and high winds. The rain caused major street flooding in Saint Cloud under the Highway 23 bridge at Tenth Avenue. A car was stranded in the high waters under the bridge.

Just to the north of downtown Saint Cloud was where the real damage happened. Dozens of trees were blown over and hundreds of trees were damaged by straight line winds from Highway 23 and Ninth Street to the Mississippi River.

The Saint Cloud Fire and Police Dept had to shut down several streets due to downed power lines. At 10th Avenue North and 8th Street a downed tree ripped out a natural gas line to a home.