Metro Residents: Time To Seek Shelter (large hail, potentially damaging winds next 60-90 minutes)
August 6, 2013 — 7:29pm
Primary Risk: Large Hail - Damaging Winds. NWS Doppler at 7:28 PM. You can see the trailing gust front from this supercell pushing into the metro area. NWS Doppler is estimating 1-2" diameter hail with this cell. Stay alert - no reports of confirmed tornadoes, but this can't be ruled out as this especially severe storm pushes across the metro. Latest from MPX NWS:
702 PM CDT TUE AUG 6 2013
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR HENNEPIN AND
NORTHERN CARVER COUNTIES UNTIL 745 PM CDT...
AT 659 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 10 MILES NORTH OF
WACONIA...AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.
HAZARD...PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT WIND
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