Severe Storm Warnings - Flash Flood Risk Into Evening Hours (tornado risk diminishes)
May 19, 2013 — 5:00pm
Severe Storm Warning. NWS Doppler radar at 5 pm shows a swirl of strong/severe storms pushing toward the north northwest; a significant risk of penny size hail, winds topping 60 mph, frequent lightning, and flash flooding. Details:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
454 PM CDT SUN MAY 19 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WESTERN PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
SOUTHWESTERN ST. CROIX COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 530 PM CDT
* AT 450 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EAGAN TO 11 MILES
NORTHWEST OF RED WING TO 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF RED WING...AND MOVING
NORTH AT 50 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
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