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As a severe storm system makes its way east, the National Weather Service has issued a "special weather statement" for an area of western Minnesota.

The warning is in effect until 8:15 p.m. and affects an area including Granite Falls, Madison, Bellingham, and Canby.

The statement says that residents should "seek shelter indoors" and not drive through flooded roadways.

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Wind gusts of up to 55 mph, penny-sized hail, and frequent lightning is mentioned as the main risks from the storm.

Elsewhere in western Minnesota, tornado warnings are being issued, while a wider area of Minnesota is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m.

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