Severe thunderstorm watch issued for central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities

Big storms have already gone severe in parts of Minnesota.
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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, and is in effect until midnight. 

It essentially covers border-to-border in central Minnesota, with the primary threats with any storms that reach severe levels being "scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter," according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). 

Damaging winds in excess of 70 mph and isolated tornadoes are also possible. 

Multiple cells have already gone severe, including a couple of Doppler radar-indicated tornadoes in Becker, Clearwater and Hubbard counties. 

"Scattered thunderstorms will continue to develop and intensify across the region, with moderate amounts of deep-layer shear and ample moisture/instability favorable for both supercells and multicells/clusters," the SPC says. 

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The computer models are doing a very poor job of picking up the storm development that's already occurred, so everyone included in the watch should remain weather aware through the rest of Sunday as strong storms are possible. 

Here's a look at the radar as of just before 4 p.m. Storms were moving in an easterly direction, although they could take a southeast turn as they continue to evolve. 

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