Severe storms cause damage in Twin Cities

Update 11:15pm:

What an amazing severe weather day. Hope you came through okay. There will be a lot of clean up Sunday.

Enjoy this amazing sunset lightning & rainbow photo from Champlain Saturday night.

PH

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MPR photo by Than Tibbets. (Click for bigger image)

Update 10PM

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

953 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

SOUTHEASTERN RAMSEY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT

* AT 951 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR EAGAN…OR ABOUT 9 MILES SOUTH OF ST

PAUL…AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

SUNFISH…

WEST ST PAUL…

ROSEMOUNT…

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS…

SOUTH ST PAUL…

COATES…

NEWPORT…

ST PAUL PARK…

HAMPTON…

VERMILLION…

COTTAGE GROVE…

WOODBURY…

Update 9:30pm:

Widespread wind damage with trees down in the northern metro tonight. Heavy rains continue in Minneapolis and St. Paul favoring the southeast metro. Watch for flooded roadways. Hail may also fall with the storms before they exit the metro tonight.

Severe storms popping again near Paynesville west of the metro.

Tornado warning continues in Wisconsin.

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Barron, Dunn, Polk, St. Croix [WI] till 10:00 PM CDT …AT 928 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CLEAR LAKE…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF AMERY…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

MPX: East Bethel [Anoka Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:15 PM CDT — 8 inch tree down and 12 inch tree snapped

MPX: New Richmond [St. Croix Co, WI] awos reports TSTM WND GST of M63 MPH at 09:28 PM CDT –

MPX: 2 Wsw Ham Lake [Anoka Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:22 PM CDT — 7 inch trees down

MPX: Stillwater [Washington Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:23 PM CDT — 6 inch trees down at ferry falls and boom tfd

Update 8:03pm:

West metro skywarn reports wind damage and branches down in Maple Lake.

MPX: Monticello [Wright Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of M76.00 MPH at 08:02 PM CDT –

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

800 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHEASTERN CHISAGO COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

EXTREME EAST CENTRAL WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

RAMSEY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 756 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70

MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 18 MILES WEST OF DAYTON…OR ABOUT 23

MILES SOUTHWEST OF PRINCETON…AND MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

HAMEL…

DAYTON…

MAPLE GROVE…

PLYMOUTH…

RAMSEY…

MEDICINE LAKE…

OSSEO…

ANOKA…

CHAMPLIN…

NEW HOPE…

ST FRANCIS…

CRYSTAL…

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MNDOT traffic cam shows next wave of storms at I-94 & Highway 25

Update 7:40pm:

***Damaging winds imminnent in Buffalo, Monicello, Albertville * St. Michael***

Doppler indicating bow echo with gust front and 60mph+ winds. Take cover in Wright County.

PH

MPX: Sartell [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 07:46 PM CDT — moving into benton county

Batten down the hatches metro…another wave of severe storms is rapidly approaching from the west. Expect storms with heavy rain, wind and hail in the far west metro after 8pm, and in the central metro anytime after 8:30pm.

Also, SPC has extended the tornado watch for the metro until 9pm.

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Severe storms with a history of damaging winds are moving east at 40 mph towward the Twin Cities.

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

733 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHEASTERN STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

SOUTHERN SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHWESTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 728 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70

MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 3 MILES WEST OF SOUTH HAVEN…OR ABOUT

16 MILES NORTHEAST OF LITCHFIELD…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

COKATO…

ANNANDALE…

HOWARD LAKE…

CLEARWATER…

MAPLE LAKE…

HASTY…

WAVERLY…

ENFIELD…

MONTROSE…

BECKER…

BUFFALO…

MONTICELLO…

MPX: 3 E Foreston [Mille Lacs Co, MN] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 07:25 PM CDT — rope tornado touched ground briefly then went back up

Update 7:00PM

The next wave of storms is still severe in much of central and western Minnesota. More rain and thunder will approach the metro anytime after 9pm. We will have to see if the storms still pack enough punch to reamin severe.

Severe storms and damage reports are still pouring into the weather lab this evening.

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Doppler indicates possible tornado near Sartell. Take cover!

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison [MN] till 7:45 PM CDT …AT 723 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR FORESTON…OR 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MILACA… MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

MPX: Pennock [Kandiyohi Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 07:17 PM CDT — downed power lines

MPX issues Tornado Warning for Mille Lacs, Morrison [MN] till 8:15 PM CDT …* AT 710 PM CDT…RADAR WAS TRACKING A SEVERE STORM WITH STRONG ROTATION. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF RANDALL…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

MPX: 2 S Buckman [Morrison Co, MN] storm chaser reports TSTM WND GST of M81 MPH at 06:56 PM CDT — along hwy 27

FGF issues Tornado Warning for Wadena [MN] till 7:45 PM CDT …* AT 659 PM CDT…WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF ALDRICH…OR 53 MILES SOUTHEAST OF DETROIT LAKES. A TORNADO MAY DEVELOP AT ANY TIME. RADAR SHOWED THE STORM WAS MOVING TO THE NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

MPX: 1 S Cushing [Morrison Co, MN] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 06:58 PM CDT — on ground

MPX issues Tornado Warning for Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison [MN] till 7:45 PM CDT …* AT 651 PM CDT…RADAR WAS TRACKING A SEVERE STORM WITH STRONG ROTATION. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 4 MILES NORTH OF LITTLE ROCK…OR ABOUT OVER BUCKMAN…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

MPX: 3 Wnw Genola [Morrison Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 06:43 PM CDT –

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Mille Lacs, Morrison [MN] till 7:15 PM CDT …AT 642 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE SQUALL LINE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND BRIEF RAIN-WRAPPED TORNADOES. THESE DANGEROUS STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF VINELAND TO HILLMAN TO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF ROYALTON…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

MPX: Staples [Todd Co, MN] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:35 PM CDT — trees down

MPX: Benson [Swift Co, MN] asos reports TSTM WND GST of M58 MPH at 06:33 PM CDT –

mpxchat 2010/07/17 6:40 PM iembot MPX: BENSON MUNI,MN (BBB) ASOS reports gust of 50.0 knots from WSW @ 2333Z KBBB 172333Z AUTO 25037G50KT 3SM +TSRA SCT017 BKN031 OVC080 21/19 A2987 RMK AO2 P0014 LTG DSNT ALQDS

MPX: 5 N Little Falls [Morrison Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 06:30 PM CDT — hail lasted for approx 5 minutes and covered the ground

Update 6:08PM:

Check out this AMAZING shot as the rotating wall cloud passed through Waconia this evening.

Good night, Posterous

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Rotating wall cloud in Waconia at 4:58pm

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Thanks to Jeanette for the heads up!

PH

Update 5:53pm:

MPX: Staples [Todd Co, MN] law enforcement reports HAIL of baseball size (E2.75 INCH) at 05:35 PM CDT — trees down.

MPX issues Tornado Warning for Morrison [MN] till 6:30 PM CDT …* AT 547 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF CUSHING…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

All warnigns have expired for metro, but tornadic and severe storms continue from central to western Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas.Those storms could approach the metro again later this evening. Stay on guard for severe storms.

PH

Update 5:45pm:

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:38 PM CDT — damage reported of roofs…cars…trees and fields

Update 5:35pm:

Reports into the weather lab indicates severe hail damage in Watertown. Cars totaled and damage to siding on homes and roofs.

MPX: 4 E Watertown [Carver Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 05:08 PM CDT –

MPX: Mound [Hennepin Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 05:32 PM CDT –

PH

Update 5:30pm:

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 05:11 PM CDT –

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports HAIL of penny size (E0.75 INCH) at 05:05 PM CDT –

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 05:12 PM CDT –

MPX: St Bonifacius [Hennepin Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 05:15 PM CDT –

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of baseball size (E2.75 INCH) at 05:14 PM CDT –

MPX: Watertown [Carver Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 05:12 PM CDT –

MPX: Mound [Hennepin Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 05:24 PM CDT –

Update 5:22pm:

MPX: Minnetrista [Hennepin Co, MN] law enforcement reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 05:18 PM CDT –

Update 5:13pm

MPX issues Tornado Warning for Morrison, Todd [MN] till 6:15 PM CDT …* AT 506 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF PHILBROOK…OR ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF STAPLES AIRPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Carver, Hennepin, Wright [MN] till 5:45 PM CDT …AT 506 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED SOUTH OF WATERTOWN…OR 26 MILES EAST OF HUTCHINSON…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

MPX: 2 Sw Watertown [Carver Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports TORNADO at 05:01 PM CDT — near county road 122.

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MNDOT traffic cam sees wall cloud looking west from Highwy 212 & Audubon Road

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Carver, Hennepin, Wright [MN] till 5:45 PM CDT …AT 501 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR WATERTOWN…OR 25 MILES EAST OF HUTCHINSON…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

458 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

SOUTH CENTRAL WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

WEST CENTRAL HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 457 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO 3 MILES

WEST OF WATERTOWN. RADAR SHOWED THE TORNADIC STORM MOVING SOUTHEAST

AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

WATERTOWN…

MAYER…

MINNETRISTA…

ST BONIFACIUS…

WACONIA…

VICTORIA…

COLOGNE…

CHASKA…

Update 4:52pm:

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

445 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHERN WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

WEST CENTRAL HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHEASTERN MCLEOD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 443 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE AND DAMAGING

WINDS IN EXCESS OF 65 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 3 MILES SOUTH OF

WAVERLY…OR ABOUT 22 MILES NORTHEAST OF HUTCHINSON…AND MOVING

SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

ROCKFORD…

DELANO…

WATERTOWN…

NEW GERMANY…

INDEPENDENCE…

LORETTO…

MAYER…

MAPLE PLAIN…

LAKE MINNETONKA…

MEDINA…

MINNETRISTA…

ST BONIFACIUS…

NORWOOD/YOUNG AMERICA…

Update 4:45pm:

FGF issues Tornado Warning for Otter Tail, Wadena [MN] till 5:15 PM CDT …* AT 436 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THE STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTH OF BLUFFTON…OR 34 MILES SOUTHEAST OF DETROIT LAKES…MOVING TO THE EAST AT 35 MPH.

Update 4:30pm:

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MPX continues Tornado Warning for Carver, Meeker, Wright [MN] till 4:45 PM CDT …AT 425 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF COKATO…OR 20 MILES EAST OF LITCHFIELD…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

Update 4:19pm:

MPX issues Tornado Warning for Carver, Hennepin, Meeker, Wright [MN] till 4:45 PM CDT …* AT 416 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF KINGSTON. RADAR SHOWED THE TORNADIC STORM MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

Doppler continues to show strong and possibly tornadic rotation near Annandale moving southeast. Baseball size hail in South Haven.

MPX: 8 S South Haven [Wright Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of baseball size (E2.75 INCH) at 04:05 PM CDT –

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Update 4pm:

MPX: 1 N Kingston [Meeker Co, MN] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 03:58 PM CDT — non rotating wall cloud

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

358 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHEASTERN STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHEASTERN MEEKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 357 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE AND DAMAGING

WINDS IN EXCESS OF 65 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 3 MILES SOUTHWEST

OF KIMBALL…OR ABOUT 15 MILES NORTHEAST OF LITCHFIELD…AND MOVING

SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

FAIRHAVEN…

SOUTH HAVEN…

ANNANDALE…

MAPLE LAKE…

COKATO…

HOWARD LAKE…

BUFFALO…

WAVERLY…

MONTROSE…

Update 3:55pm:

More baseball size hail reported.

MPX: 1 N Kimball [Stearns Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 03:52 PM CDT –

MPX: Richmond [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of baseball size (M2.75 INCH) at 03:34 PM CDT –

Update 3:50pm:

Tornadic storm with Tornado Vortex Signature (TCS) detected near Eden Valley, Watkins and Kimball. Take cover now, and South Haven and Annandale and Cokato.

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MPX: Cold Spring [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of M4.25 INCH at 03:37 PM CDT – ground is covered with mainly smaller pieces of hail.

MPX: Richmond [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of baseball size (M2.75 INCH) at 03:32 PM CDT

Update 3:30pm

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

328 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHEASTERN STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHWESTERN WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTHEASTERN MEEKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 325 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE AND DAMAGING

WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES SOUTHEAST

OF FARMING…OR ABOUT 16 MILES WEST OF ST CLOUD…AND MOVING

SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

RICHMOND…

COLD SPRING…

ST NICHOLAS…

PLEASANT LAKE…

LUXEMBURG…

WATKINS…

ST AUGUSTA…

KIMBALL…

FAIRHAVEN…

SOUTH HAVEN…

ROCKVILLE…

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Update 3:30pm:

Tornado watch now includes metro counties until 8pm.

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Golf ball siize hail in Stearns County.

MPX: St Martin [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 03:23 PM CDT –

PH

Update 3:04pm:

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Tornado warning issued for central Stearns.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

256 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

CENTRAL STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 330 PM CDT

* AT 253 PM CDT…RADAR WAS TRACKING A SEVERE STORM WITH STRONG

ROTATION. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS NEAR FREEPORT…

AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

ALBANY…

FARMING…

AVON…

ROSCOE…

ST MARTIN…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON RADAR…IT MEANS THAT

STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY

BE ON THE GROUND…OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY.

Update 2:43pm:

Doppler image below shows developing hook echo right over Sauk Centre. TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY IN SAUK CENTRE AND MELROSE. This storm is likey producing a tornado or will produce a tonado in the next few minutes. Severe storms are also imminent in the St. Cloud area.

Damage has been reported with this storms 3 miles NE of Lake Osakis, with 62 mph winds in Sauk Centre.

PH

MPX: 1 N Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 02:43 PM CDT –

MPX: 3 W St Rosa [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 02:37 PM CDT –

MPX: 2 N Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 02:36 PM CDT –

MPX: 4 E Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of M62 MPH at 02:33 PM CDT –

MPX: 4 E Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 02:33 PM CDT — 4 to 5 inch branches down on road.

MPX: 3 W St Rosa [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 02:34 PM CDT –

MPX: 1 W Avon [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (E0.75 INCH) at 02:35 PM CDT –

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Update 2:35pm:

Strongest storms producing large hail up to and possible greater than golf ball size in western Stearns and Todd counties. Updrafts strong enough to produce tornadic circualtions… stay in shelter in Sauk Centre until storms passes. Wind damage reported near Lake Osakis.

MPX: 3 Ne Osakis [Todd Co, MN] storm chaser reports TSTM WND DMG at 02:22 PM CDT — trees down

MPX: 3 Ne Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of nickel size (M0.88 INCH) at 02:25 PM CDT –

MPX: 2 E Osakis [Todd Co, MN] storm chaser reports TSTM WND DMG at 02:22 PM CDT — trees down east end of lake osakis hwy 27

SPC discussion just issued belwo indicates they may add metro to tornado watch soon.

PH

SPC

THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WIND AND ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL

PERSIST NEXT SEVERAL HOURS WITH STORMS DEVELOPING SEWD THROUGH CNTRL

AND TOWARD SERN MN. WW 483 MAY NEED TO BE LOCALLY EXTENDED TO

INCLUDE THE MINNEAPOLIS METRO AREA.

Update 2:15pm:

The cell below is now producing golf ball and larger size hail in Long Prairie and heading toward Melrose, Albany and the greater St. Cloud area in the next 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Be on alert for possible damaging wind and hail and tornadoes as the cell moves southeast toward St. Cloud by 3pm.

MPX: 5 W Long Prairie [Todd Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 02:02 PM CDT –

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Update 2:06pm:

MPX: 3 Nw Sauk Centre [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 02:03 PM CDT –

Update 2pm:

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

158 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

SOUTHERN TODD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

EAST CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 245 PM CDT

* AT 154 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A

TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 6 MILES WEST OF

LONG PRAIRIE…OR ABOUT 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CLOTHO…AND MOVING

SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

LONG PRAIRIE…

LITTLE SAUK…

GREY EAGLE…

GREY EALGE…

NORTH SHORE…

BURTRUM…

Update 1:57pm:

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NWS doppler still detecting a rotating thunderstorm with a possible tornado near the north end of Lake Osakis moving southeast at 30 mph. Those of you in Sauk Centre and Long Prairie should seek shelter until the storm passes.

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Update 1:40pm:

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

139 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

SOUTHEASTERN TODD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

NORTH CENTRAL STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT

* AT 135 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A

TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 5 MILES SOUTHWEST

OF LONG PRAIRIE…OR ABOUT 6 MILES NORTH OF LITTLE SAUK…AND

MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH. GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL HAS BEEN REPORTED

WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

LONG PRAIRIE…

LITTLE SAUK…

GREY EAGLE…

GREY EALGE…

NORTH SHORE…

PLEASANT BEACH…

ST ROSA…

BURTRUM…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON RADAR…IT MEANS THAT

STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY

BE ON THE GROUND…OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY.

Strongest storms now near Long Prairie grazing Little Falls and heading for Sauk Rapids and Sauk Centre. Be alert for torrential downpours, large hail and possible tornadoes and damaging winds in these areas over the next 30-45 minutes.

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Radar shows strongest cells in red and weather stations with temperatures reaching 90 in many areas now. (click for bigger image)

Update 1:30pm:

NWS Duluth advises those in Aitkin, Deerwood (Bay Lake) and Mille Lacs areas to be on the lookout for funnels over the next hour.

PH

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN

129 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

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CROW WING-NORTHERN AITKIN-SOUTH AITKIN-

129 PM CDT SAT JUL 17 2010

…FUNNEL CLOUDS POSSIBLE ACROSS CROW WING AND AITKIN COUNTY…

AT 124 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED

STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS CROW WING COUNTY…MOVING EAST

AT 45 MPH.

THE STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FUNNEL CLOUDS…UP TO PENNY SIZE

HAIL…WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH…FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND

LIGHTNING…BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS…

LOCATIONS IMPACTED THROUGH 215 PM INCLUDE…

FARM ISLAND LAKE… WALDECK… HASSMAN…

GARRISON… AITKIN… GLORY…

WEALTHWOOD… ROSSBURG… MILLE LACS LAKE…

KIMBERLY… GLEN… RICE LAKE…

MALMO… MCGREGOR… MCGRATH…

GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE SMALL BRANCHES TO BE BLOWN DOWN…AND LOOSE

OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND. STAY AWAY FROM HIGH OBJECTS OUTDOORS SUCH AS

TREES. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL THIS STORM HAS

PASSED.

Update 1:15pm

Storm reports so far below:

AT 1245 PM CDT…TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR GULL LAKE. A TORNADO MAY DEVELOP AT ANY TIME. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF BRAINERD…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

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Twin Cities doppler shows storms moving ESE this afternoon.

Our anticipated Saturday severe weather is developing as expected.

A tornado watch is in effect for much of central Minnesota (just west of the metro) until 8pm tonight.

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Numerous severe storms have developed and are moving from north central and west central Minnesota eastward. Expect damaging winds and large hail as the storms move east this afternoon and evening.

It appears the window for the best chance of storms to arrive in the metro will be between 3pm and 7pm tonight. A second wave of storms could follow this evening.

Here are some links to track the severe weather.

PH

-Twin Cities radar loop with storm tracks

-Twin Cities NWS

-Storm Prediction Center

  • jeanette

    This looks like it might be a beautiful shot of the same cloud captured by the traffic cam on 212–http://keithprivette.posterous.com/waconiamn