Tornado warnings issued as storms hit Minnesota for second day running

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 11 p.m. Saturday.

Update 6 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for an area of the Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, and Andover.

The warning is in place until 6:30 p.m. after a storm system erupted to the west of the metro and strengthened as it moved northeast.

The National Weather Service says that tornado activity is radar indicated and that lime-sized hail is possible.

The area of the warning covers a population of almost 180,000.

A further warning until 6:45 p.m. was then issued for an area to the northeast of the metro, including Hugo, Forest Lake, Scandia, and Marine-On-Saint-Croix.

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Update 4 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 11 p.m. Saturday for central and northern parts of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. 


Storms are expected to develop rapidly this afternoon and be capable of producing tornadoes, hail the size of limes and damaging winds up to 70 mph. 

The tornado threat, per the Storm Prediction Center, will be highest in the early stages of the storm developing. Once they congeal into a line, the main hazard will shift to a damaging wind threat. 

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Tornado warnings issued as severe storms moved through MN

Here's the latest on today's severe weather risk.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued across central Minnesota

The watch includes Anoka County in the metro area.

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Severe storms make their way through the Twin Cities

Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.

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Excessive heat warning for Twin Cities, severe storms possible

The big question is when and where storms will develop Wednesday afternoon.

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Severe thunderstorm watch now includes Twin Cities

Winds could gust up to 90 mph, the weather service said.