Severe Threat Peaks Evening Hours (Tornado Watch until 9 pm; includes MSP metro)
August 6, 2013 — 5:58pm
Tennis Ball Size Hail. 3" diameter hail was reported near London, north of Willmar, at 4:35 PM. These storms are pushing southeast, and should impact the MSP metro between 6:30 PM and 8 PM.
A Swarm Of Storms. NWS Doppler radar at 5:56 PM shows a particularly severe storm north of Willmar, moving toward Litchfield. This severe storm may enter the Twin Cities metro by 6:30 PM. A squall line of strong/severe storms extends from Mora westward to Brainerd and Alexandria. Here's the latest on the Severe Storm Warning near Willmar:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL KANDIYOHI COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHERN MEEKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 630 PM CDT
* AT 534 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 12 MILES
NORTHEAST OF WILLMAR...AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.
HAZARD...TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL AND 70 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT
CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO
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