Confirmed Tornado. The risk appears greatest near Providence and Dawson, a confirmed tornado racing north at 25 mph. Details from the Twin Cities NWS:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
425 PM CDT MON MAR 31 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 445 PM CDT
* AT 422 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED 12 MILES NORTHEAST
OF CANBY...AND MOVING NORTH AT 25 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS
* THE TORNADO WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF SOUTH CENTRAL LAC QUI
PARLE COUNTY...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...PROVIDENCE AND
You Can't Make This Stuff Up. Taking weather-whiplash to a new level, the tornado warning is taking place in a county covered by blizzard warnings and winter weather advisories, now in effect over far western Minnesota for near white-out conditions tonight from snow whipped along by 40 mph winds.
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