Whether you play golf, tennis or baseball, there was hail in just the size you needed Tuesday as severe thunderstorms dropped balls of ice and sent blowing winds across the region.

A large swath of southwest Rochester — mostly south of Mayowood Drive and U.S. Highway 52, and west of U.S. Highway 63 — lost power as power lines were knocked out by winds in excess of 60 mph and falling trees or branches. As of 8 a.m., Rochester Public Utilities reported more than 2,200 customers still without power. 

Ken Jones, director of emergency management for the city of Rochester, said several trees were down near the intersection of Mayowood Drive and Bamber Valley Road Southwest, and along a line from this location to the southeast. 

"One house had the roof taken off," Jones said. "Most of the damage is related to downed trees, some of which were toppled over, roots and all."

The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., in its report on the storm, showed photos of portable buildings and vehicles turned over at Bamber Valley Elementary School.

A total of 0.61 inches of rain was recorded at Rochester International Airport, which also recorded winds as high as 70 mph. 

Winds at 70 mph recorded 4 miles west of Chatfield as well. 

In Dodge County, nearly 2 inches of rain fell in a span of 70 minutes, according to NWS reports. There was also hail ranging from pea size to the diameter of a baseball. 

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said the county's emergency management team is still assessing the damage, most of which occurred in the Kasson and Mantorville areas. 

"There's lots of vehicle damage, broken windows and damage to siding of homes in the Kasson and Mantorville area," Rose said.

After the storm, the skies will remain clear and mostly sunny through Saturday with high temperatures in the low 80s and overnight lows at 60 degrees or just below, the NWS reported. A slight chance of thunderstorms will return Saturday night and through the early part of next week. 

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Regional Reporter

Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.