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Tornadoes, baseball-size hail reported as severe storms move across Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. -- Severe storms have resulted in at least two tornadoes in northern Minnesota Sunday evening, according to reports from the National Weather Service.

A tornado touchdown was reported north of Staples in Cass County as of 6:30 p.m., and the Weather Service reported that a "large and extremely dangerous" tornado was confirmed near Swan River southeast of Grand Rapids as of 6:57 p.m. That tornado was reported to again be confirmed 9 miles north of Floodwood, Minn., as of 7:06 p.m., but there were no immediate reports of additional sightings to the east, toward Cotton.

At 7:35 p.m. the Weather Service relayed a report from emergency management officials of people trapped in homes in the Crosby and Deerwood areas of Crow Wing County after a tornadic storm moved through that area. A later report indicated that one person was injured after a large tree fell on a home near Crosby and trapped residents inside at about 7:10 p.m.

A funnel cloud was sighted near McGregor as of about 7:45 p.m., but all tornado warnings had expired as of 8:30 p.m.

Grapefruit-size hail was reported near Nisswa in Crow Wing County as of 6:50 p.m. Quarter-size hail was reported near Cohasset as of 6 p.m. and near Pengilly at about 6:20 p.m., the Weather Service said.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the Northland until 11 p.m. today. The watch includes all of Northeastern Minnesota as well as Douglas County in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Thunderstorms are developing along a cold front that is moving into the Northland and interacting with the hot, humid air in place across the region.

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