Flash Flood Risk Next 2-3 Hours But Tornado Risk Eases for Metro Area
June 14, 2016 — 6:33pm
Doppler Loop at 6:27 pm. There were numerous tornado reports from Vernon Center, the Mankato area, Madison Lake to Kilkenny - we may not know the true extent of any damage until during the day Wednesday. But with heavy rain in the area the atmosphere has cooled and stabilized - I suspect the tornado risk is rapidly winding down. That said, stay alert for:
1). Flash flooding into the late evening hours. Many spots picked up 1-2" of rain (I saw a report of 2.4" of rain in just 30 minutes near Mankato). Roads will experience standing water - the risk of hydroplaning remains.
2). Frequent lightning. Conditions improve after 8 or 9 pm.
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