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Severe thunderstorm watch includes Twin Cities as morning storms intensify

A line of nasty storms is pushing through Minnesota Monday morning.
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A line of storms pushing through central Minnesota early Monday morning is expected to gain strength as it moves east-southeast, bringing with it a growing risk of damaging winds and large hail. 

With that, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 p.m. Monday, and it includes the Twin Cities metro area. 

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As of 7:10 a.m., storms were located on a line from near Fergus Falls to Alexandria and Brainerd. Those are expected to intensify, bringing with it a threat for 75 mph wind gusts and large hail. 

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More from the Storm Prediction Center: 

"A bowing cluster of thunderstorms, initially posing a severe-wind threat across northern Minnesota, should move eastward to southeastward across the watch area, with additional development possible along its trailing cold pool/outflow boundary. The main concern will remain damaging gusts, and isolated large hail also is possible."

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The Storm Prediction Center has placed a sizable chunk of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, in an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms. The enhanced rating is the third level out of five on the SPC's severe scale, meaning there could be widespread severe weather with the line as it intensifies. 

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The 7 a.m. run from the HRRR model actually shows the morning storms currently pushing through central Minnesota weakening as they near Wisconsin, but there's a chance the model isn't accurate. Regardless, robust storm activity is expected.  

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