Live Blog: Severe risk shifts east of metro

Expect a stray shower this evening, but the severe threat has shifted east of the metro. Here’s the updated watch area from NWS.

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 261

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

235 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

NORTHEAST IOWA

WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN

EASTERN MINNESOTA

WESTERN AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN

LAKE SUPERIOR

* EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 235 PM UNTIL

1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE… SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF GRAND MARAIS MINNESOTA TO 45 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF LONEROCK WISCONSIN. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.