Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.; Severe T-Storm warnings include metro until 7:45pm

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BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
653 PM CDT TUE AUG 6 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…
HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 649 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 10 MILES SOUTH OF
BUFFALO…AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MINNEAPOLIS…EXCELSIOR…MAPLE GROVE…MINNETONKA…PLYMOUTH…THE
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA…EDEN PRAIRIE…ST LOUIS PARK…
BLOOMINGTON…TWIN CITIES AIRPORT…GREENFIELD…INDEPENDENCE…ST
BONIFACIUS…MINNETRISTA…MAPLE PLAIN…LORETTO…MOUND…
CORCORAN…ORONO AND MEDINA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

So called “discrete supercells” have formed and are showing strong rotation in west central Minnesota, .moving east at about 40 mph. These storms have a history of ping pong to egg sized hail and are capable of producing tornadoes as they move east this evening.

MPX: 3 N Swift Falls [Pope Co, MN] law enforcement reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 04:59 PM CDT —

MPX: SW Morris [Stevens Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of tennis ball size (M2.50 INCH) at 04:21 PM CDT —

MPX: 5 W NEW London [Kandiyohi Co, MN] storm chaser reports HAIL of teacup size (M3.00 INCH) at 05:35 PM CDT —

A tornado Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for much of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro.

Image: NOAA

A potent mix of warm August sunshine, high dew points and a strong upper wave will fire storms through this evening. best chance for severe storms in the metro? Probably between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Here’s the wording from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center:

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 474
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
225 PM CDT TUE AUG 6 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA SOUTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 225 PM UNTIL 900 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE 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 LIKELY

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF ORTONVILLE MINNESOTA TO 60 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND 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.

  • Starquest

    Here’s hoping for some exciting weather! We deserve it after the most boring July in history! :)