A line of severe thunderstorms developed in the eastern Dakotas and moved across Minnesota during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A line of severe thunderstorms developed in the eastern Dakotas and moved across Minnesota during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The line of storms stretched from the Canadian border down into Iowa and brought heavy rain and gusty winds to many areas as it moved across Minnesota.

Residents of Monte­video were awakened by the sound of heavy rain, high winds, and small hail tapping at windows.

Homes south of Mc­Kinley Ave. in the area of 10th, 11th and 12th Streets were particularly hard hit. Numerous trees and branches were felled, and power lines were snapped by falling debris.

Scott Hanson lives at 707 S. 12th St. His wife Sarah woke him up to watch the storm. “I didn’t know what to think. I looked out and couldn’t really see anything because of the wind, rain and hail,” he said.

The Hanson’s home sustained damage from a large tree that was toppled by the strong winds. “The really strong winds seemed to last only a very short time, but it did a lot of damage,” Hanson said.

One block west of the Hanson residence, Sandy Weckwerth woke to the sound of a tree falling on her house at 715 S. 11th St.   Surveying the damage, she was surprised by the force of the wind. “It was quite a surprise when I first saw the extent of the damage. This is why we have homeowner’s insurance,” she said.

The storm damage appears to have been very localized. Doug Pederson, of Doug’s Tree Trimming service was busy clearing branches and he said, “The damage began downtown by Chippewa City and continued across the south part of the city.”

Residents to the north of McKinley Ave. and to the south of William Ave. had little or no storm damage. KDMA reported a little over a half inch of rain, although heavier amounts were possible.

City crews were busy clearing streets and neighbors were busy helping each other early Wednes­day morning. Xcel Energy crews were busy fixing downed power lines that cut off power to several homes. No widespread outages of power were reported in Montevideo.

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