Severe thunderstorm watch issued, metro at risk for big storms

Big storms are developing and moving in on the metro.
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The storms that impacted the area have moved out. 

Original story, 5 p.m. Thursday

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for most of southern Minnesota, parts of northern Iowa and west-central Wisconsin until midnight. 

Storms have developed along a line from southwest Minnesota through the northern Twin Cities suburbs and are tracking slowly to the east-southeast. The storms are expected to intensify with some becoming severe. 

Storms that reach severe levels will be capable of producing damaging straight-line winds and large hail, some of which could be two inches in diameter, which is slightly larger than a golf ball. 

Storms are expected to train (like train cars on train tracks) over many of the same areas tonight, thus bringing the risk for flooding – especially in southwest Minnesota. 

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