Pictures are worth a thousand words. A popular saying that only rings more true when you see these photos taken by a Minnesota man while he was in South Dakota Thursday. These are the same line of storms that walloped portions of the Twin Cities and Central Minnesota, causing downed trees, power outages, and localized flooding.

An incredible and destructive line of storms passed through western South Dakota and western Minnesota yesterday. I took these shots just north of Brookings, SD, after abandoning my chase for tornadoes along a stalled-out warm front. As the line tracked closer to me, I could make out, not only a shelf cloud but a massive cloud of dust/dirt being pushed out ahead of the line (much like a sand storm). Gusts of 70-90 mph were common in this line, as it tracked north-northeast across northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa, eastern South Dakota, and western Minnesota. A max gust of 107 mph was even measured in eastern South Dakota. Just incredible! Unfortunately, this line did end up overtaking me, as it accelerated through east-central SD, cutting off my escape route.

The photographer of these AMAZING photos is Allan Persons, a Meteorologist, and Storm Chaser, who resides in Lakeville. He was near Brookings at the time he took these photos of the storms rolling in. Just look at that wall of dust that is accompanying the storms!

On top of these incredible photos that were captured by Allan, there are other photos that have been shared online that tell the story of just how powerful these storms were.


Tim Wright tweeted a video from Sauk Rapids in Central Minnesota of the river roaring from the more than 5" of rain that fell over the last several days.    


This shelf cloud photo was from Thursday night in Dakota County, taken near Greenvale Township, located to the North of Northfield.

Finally, this lightning bolt was captured by a dashcam in Lakeville, what a great picture!


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This Luxurious Minnesota Airbnb Places You On The Shore Of Lake Superior

People seem to be seeking out an Airbnb experience more and more when they travel as it's usually a great way to enjoy a hand-picked unique experience while often spending less than a traditional hotel stay.

Those looking for a northern Minnesota getaway near Lake Superior must check to see if Always Grace, hosted by Cascade Vacation Rentals, is available. You want amazing Lake Superior views? This luxurious Grand Marais Airbnb practically puts you IN Lake Superior with its location, plus you also do have beach access.

Not only do you get unsurpassed views, but you can enjoy plenty of space with 5 bedrooms, 7 beds and 3 baths. That means that up to 14 guests can enjoy Always Grace, perfect for a gathering of friends or family.

Take a look through what life is like on Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.