Second Wave of Strong/Severe Storms Coming (Storm Watch until 4 PM)
September 19, 2013 — 10:46am
Severe Storm Doubleheader. NWS Doppler at 10:45 AM. The first wave of 60 mph winds and 1-2" diamter (at least penny size) swept across Hennepin County - severe storm warnings are still posted from near St. Cloud into the far northern suburbs. A second squall line may interact with the outflow boundary from the first surge of storms, sparking more strong to severe storms for the rest of the metro area by midday. Stay alert. Here is the latest NWS Warning:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
954 AM CDT THU SEP 19 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHWESTERN ISANTI COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1045 AM CDT
* AT 950 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES EAST OF
LAKE MARIA STATE PARK...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ELK RIVER...BIG LAKE...SAND DUNES STATE FOREST...SHERBURNE NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE...ZIMMERMAN...CEDAR...ST FRANCIS AND BETHEL.
PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A WELL-BUILT STRUCTURE. STAY AWAY FROM
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