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Tornado watch in effect for Twin Cities, north-central Minnesota

Posted by: Paul Douglas Updated: August 24, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Tornado Watch until 11 PM. Many of the ingredients necessary for supercell thunderstorms are converging on central and eastern Minnesota. Bemidji, Brainerd, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities are all in the watch area, along with much of the St. Croix River Valley. Stay alert this evening - most of us will just see a heavy thunderstorm, possibly some small hail, but large hail, damaging straight-line winds and a few isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out. More details on the watch from NOAA SPC:

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 475
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   345 PM CDT SUN AUG 24 2014

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA
     NORTHWEST WISCONSIN

   * EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 345 PM UNTIL
     1100 PM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 75 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
   BEMIDJI MINNESOTA TO 20 MILES SOUTH OF MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA. 
   FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND
   INTENSITY LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO EVENING AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT
   MOVING EAST ACROSS THE WATCH AREA. THE COMBINATION OF MODERATE TO
   STRONG INSTABILITY AND A VERTICALLY VEERING WIND PROFILE WITH
   MODERATE AMOUNTS OF LOW-LEVEL AND DEEP-LAYER SHEAR WILL BE
   SUPPORTIVE OF SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF A FEW TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL AND
   DAMAGING WINDS.

   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   550. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24025.

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