Severe Storm Threat Eases Slightly (flash flood risk remains)
May 19, 2013 — 6:49pm
Stormy Swirl. NWS Doppler at 6:46 shows the strongest T-storms pushing north of the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, moving toward Duluth. Another line of moderate to heavy T-storms is approaching from the west, but the storms that blew thru with 1" hail and winds gusting to 58 mph stabilized the atmosphere, reducing the threat of tornadoes.
Minor Damage. NWS data shows 1" rains at Chanhassen, winds gusted to 58 mph at Woodbury, with reports of downed trees and powerlines in western Wisconsin. No tornado reports. More details here.
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