Tornado Watch until 9 PM (greatest risk of severe storms Twin Cities between 6-8 pm)
August 6, 2013 — 5:26pm
Tracking Supercells. It's the isolated cells, out ahead of the main squall line, that often spin up the largest hail and the most tornadoes. The supercell north of Willmar has a history of rotation - no confirmed tornadoes on the ground, but conditions will be ripe into the evening hours. These strong/severe T-storms reach the Twin Cities between 6-7 PM. Details on the latest NWS Tornado Warning:
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHWESTERN KANDIYOHI
COUNTY UNTIL 545 PM CDT...
AT 517 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED 14 MILES NORTH OF WILLMAR...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.
IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NEW LONDON AND SPICER.
TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
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