Severe Storms Race East - Rapid Clearing This Evening
July 7, 2014 — 6:55pm
NWS Doppler: 6:45 PM. Radar shows a line of severe storms from Hudson to Hastings and Northfield. There were numerous reports of 1 to 1.5" diameter hail from near Shakopee to Burnsville and Bloomington with these storms. Here's the latest warning from the local Twin Cities NWS:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 640 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... GOODHUE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA... EAST CENTRAL RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHWESTERN PEPIN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 745 PM CDT
* AT 638 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM AFTON STATE PARK TO 7 MILES NORTH OF CANNON FALLS TO FARIBAULT...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. TREE DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS STORM.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... RIVER FALLS...RED WING...ELLSWORTH...KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK... CANNON FALLS...FRONTENAC STATE PARK...LAKE BYLLESBY...POINT DOUGLAS...PRESCOTT...DENNISON...NERSTRAND...MIESVILLE...KENYON... WASTEDO...DIAMOND BLUFF...WELCH...BOMBAY...HADER...BELDENVILLE AND HAGER CITY.
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