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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The first severe thunderstorms of the season move through the area Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service issued Severe Thunderstorm warnings for much of the WXOW viewing area late in the morning as a fast moving storm swept through Southeastern Minnesota and into Western Wisconsin. The storm had moved through by noon.

Storm reports showed strong winds and hail as a part of the storm system.  A weather spotter measured a wind gust at 70 mph just west of the WXOW building outside of La Crescent. Winds elsewhere around the area were reported at 40-50+ mph.

Large hail was also a part of this storm.  Sizes ranged from pea sized hail in Trempealeau to one inch hailstones falling in La Crosse and Winona.   1/4 to 1/2 inch hail covered the ground in Rochester earlier Saturday morning.

The hail, which lasted approximately seven minutes according to a NWS employee, made roads slippery for a short period of time around the area.

As of noon, there were no reports of any injuries associated with the storm.

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