Tornado warnings west of metro; Funnels sighted

A few non-classic but rotating storms have fired this afternoon in west central Minnesota.

The storms have produced hail and funnels, and there is a report of a tornado touchdown.

MPX: 6 E BIG Bend City [Swift Co, MN] law enforcement reports TORNADO at 03:28 PM CDT –

MPX continues Tornado Warning for Chippewa, Swift [MN] till 4:15 PM CDT …AT 339 PM CDT…LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED SEVERAL FUNNEL CLOUDS NEAR GLUEK AND NORTH OF GLUEK. THIS STORM PRODUCING THE FUNNEL CLOUDS WAS LOCATED 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF GLUEK…OR 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF MONTEVIDEO…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

333 PM CDT SAT APR 21 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

SOUTH CENTRAL REDWOOD COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 332 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A

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

REVERE…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

REVERE…

LAMBERTON…

SANBORN…

WALNUT GROVE…

WANDA…

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.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

329 PM CDT SAT APR 21 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…

NORTHEASTERN CHIPPEWA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

SOUTH CENTRAL SWIFT COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 325 PM CDT…LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED A TORNADO 14 MILES

NORTHWEST OF GLUEK…OR ABOUT 7 MILES EAST OF BIG BEND CITY. RADAR

SHOWED THE TORNADIC STORM MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

GLUEK…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A

STURDY SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST

DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

The storms may weaken before they approach the metro later today, but we’ll have to keep one eye on them. The tornadoes may be “cold air type” tornadoes, which are usually smaller but can touch down and do damage.

If you are in the path of the storms you should still seek shelter.

PH

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