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Growing Flood Potential: Brainerd Lakes Area (severe risk later, statewide)

Posted by: Paul Douglas Updated: August 6, 2011 - 11:25 AM

 

Doppler Radar Estimates. NWS Doppler (from MPX/Twin Cities) shows some 3-4" rainfall estimates from near Clarissa to Baxter, as thunderstorms continue to track from west to east along a nearly stationary warm frontal boundary. The NWS has issued a Flood Advisory, here are the details:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH MN HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  WEST CENTRAL AITKIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
  CROW WING COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF BRAINERD...
  SOUTHERN CASS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

* UNTIL 145 PM CDT

* AT 945 AM CDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED RAINFALL
AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS THE BRAINERD LAKES REGION...AND
LOCAL SPOTTERS HAVE REPORTED STANDING WATER ON AREA ROADS.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE BRAINERD LAKES
REGION THROUGH MIDDAY...WHICH COULD RESULT IN ADDITIONAL MINOR
FLOODING OF ROADSIDE DITCHES AND STREAMS...ALONG WITH STANDING WATER
ON ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.



Nagging Storms. NWS Doppler radar at 11:20 am shows strong storms from just north of Alexandria to Little Falls, the Brainerd area, east to Aitkin, just grazing the far northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The chance of storms in the metro will increase by mid/late afternoon as a cool front approaches - a few of the storms may turn severe. Most of central/southern MN is in a "slight risk" of severe storms, according to SPC. 

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