Strong Storms Pushing Across Metro Area - Severe Storm Watch Until Midnight
July 7, 2014 — 5:31pm
Strong Storms Pushing In. NWS Doppler radar at 5:24 PM shows heavy T-storms from Elk River to Lake Minnetonka, with a solid line of heavy weather from Little Falls and St. Cloud south to Hutchinson and Gaylord. Expect 1/2 to 1" diameter hail, very heavy rain, and winds gusting over 50 mph with a few of these storms.
Severe Storm Watch until Midnight. NOAA SPC has issued a Storm Watch; the primary risks are large hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Twin Cities are included in the watch area, along with Rochester, Mankato, La Crosse and Madison.
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