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Tornado watch in Twin Cities until 9 p.m. [UPDATED]

Tornado watch in Twin Cities until 9 p.m. [UPDATED]

Updated: A twister touched down near Fergus Falls, killing one person, and Wadena has been heavily damaged by strong winds, MPR reports. But the worst of the storm gave the Twin Cities a miss.

Via NOAA: A tornado watch wsa in effect for the following Minnesota counties, including those in the Twin Cities, until 9 p.m.:

Anoka, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mcleod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright, Yellow Medicine.

A WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER EVENT WILL UNFOLD ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA INTO TONIGHT. THERE IS A MODERATE RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE ENTIRE OUTLOOK AREA. THE MAIN THREATS FROM THIS ACTIVITY ARE EXPECTED TO BE TORNADOES...STRONG DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

THE MOST LIKELY AREA FOR TORNADO DEVELOPMENT IS ACROSS THE MINNESOTA PORTION OF THE FORECAST AREA...PARTICULARLY FROM MORRIS TO LITTLE FALLS AND IN A CORRIDOR SOUTHWARD TO REDWOOD FALLS TO OWATONNA...INCLUDING MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

THE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO EVOLVE INTO MORE OF A SQUALL LINE BY EARLY TO MID EVENING...WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL BEING THE MORE LIKELY THREATS. THE STORMS WILL MOVE INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN DURING BY MID EVENING.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area: Keep an eye out for threatening weather, and listen for tornado warning sirens.


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