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Large hail pounds south metro in early morning severe thunderstorm; more storms possible later Thursday

More nasty storms could develop Thursday afternoon in southern Minnesota.

Storms exploded over southern Minnesota during the overnight hours Thursday, with one cell going severe-warned in the south metro between 4-5 a.m. 

That storm produced pretty significant hail as it marched through Dakota County. 

The hail even caught The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore's attention, as he tweeted: "Hope the cars were in the garage!"

The morning storms came later than originally forecast after thunderstorms in southern Minnesota that lasted through the early afternoon Wednesday stabilized the atmosphere to the point that things held off until well after dark. 

Further north, however, numerous tornado warnings were issued in far northern Minnesota, with multiple tornado touchdowns confirmed near the towns of Gheen, Orr and Elbow Lake in St. Louis County. 

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More storms could develop in the same areas of southern Minnesota, possibly as far north as the Twin Cities, later Thursday afternoon.

Storms that do develop could be severe, posing a threat for large hail, damaging winds and a tornado or two, according to the Storm Prediction Center. 

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