tornado watch west-central Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – A tornado watch is in effect in most areas of western and central Minnesota, including areas just west of the Twin Cities, as the state braces for another round of storms.
tornado watch west-central Minnesota and alarm systems for Benton County
As of 10:00 p.m., initial threats include many tornadoes, a few potentially severe tornadoes, spreading damaging winds, scattered severe storms up to 80 mph likely, and large scattered hail and scattered hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter.
The National Weather Service also classified this storm as a “particularly hazardous condition” due to hurricane hazards.
The clock runs from the state’s western border through western central Minnesota toward the edge of the metro.
The Center for Storm Forecasting and alarm systems released a general forecast for severe weather for our region with strong wording stating that the setup “will support intense rotation with any giant cells separated or embedded in the line, and a couple of significant hurricanes will be possible early evening.”
A hurricane watch means conditions are favorable for severe tornadoes and thunderstorms in and near the observation area.
If a warning is issued for your area, move to a safe location, ideally in an indoor room in the basement of a sturdy building.
The Twin Cities metro is at level 3 risk due to significant hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, while large parts of central and western Minnesota face level 4 risks, including a hurricane threat.
Storms will begin to develop into northeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota on Monday afternoon and move quickly toward the northeast.