Tornado warnings issued as severe storms moved through Minnesota Tuesday

Here's the latest on today's severe weather risk.
Publish date:


Another tornado warning has been issued, this one in the area including Hay Creek, south of Red Wing, where residents have also been told to take shelter.

Elsewhere in Minnesota, there have been reported of large branches being brought down and outdoor furniture blown away by strong winds.

Flights in and out of MSP are either being delayed, diverted, or held at their origin city.

Meanwhile Dodge Center, west of Rochester, has seen tennis ball sized hail.

UPDATE 4:45 P.M.

A tornado warning has been issued for an area of the southern Twin Cities metro, with residents advised to take shelter.

The area includes the cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville and Prior Lake, affecting a population of just over 180,000.

Tornado sirens have been going off in the affected areas, with the National Weather Service saying "strong rotation has been reported with this storm."

Subscribe for free: Get BREAKING WEATHER newsletters from BMTN.

Those taking shelter include shoppers at a Target store in the south metro, who were kept inside at the direction of employees.


A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of central and eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Brainerd and Duluth. 

According to the National Weather Service, the watch is in effect until 8 p.m. and "scattered large hail" is likely along with isolated "very large hail events." By very large hail, the weather service means hail stones could be as large as two inches in diameter – about the size of a lime. 

Damaging wind gusts to 70 mph are also likely, along with a tornado or two possible.

Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 12.54.10 PM

"Multiple clusters of thunderstorms are expected to intensify this afternoon across the watch area, with a risk of damaging wind gusts and hail in the strongest activity," says the Storm Prediction Center

"The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles east and west of a line from 40 miles east of Redwood Falls MN to 35 miles north northwest of Ely MN."

The simulated future radar (may not load in all browsers) from multiple computer models hasn't picked up on ongoing activity as of 1 p.m. in west-central Minnesota, where a severe storm with half dollar-sized hail was reported near Glenwood, but the future hours show clusters of storms blowing up and moving from northwest to southeast. 

hrrr_ref_frzn_ncus_fh2-18 (1)

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.


storm, severe weather, shelf cloud

Severe thunderstorm watch issued across central Minnesota

The watch includes Anoka County in the metro area.

lightning, thunderstorm

Severe storms make their way through the Twin Cities

Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.

Enhanced risked for severe storms to blast through Minnesota

There's a decent chance damaging winds are associated with storms that go severe.

storms, lightning

Severe thunderstorm warning issued in metro area

The big question if they'll remain severe when they reach the metro.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 3.44.50 PM

Severe storms with damaging wind, hail moving across Minnesota

Multiple storms have already reached severe levels.

Strong to severe storms late Friday across southern Minnesota

The greatest risk of severe weather is in southwest Minnesota.

Severe storms, tornadoes possible in southeast MN

Strong winds, hail and tornadoes are threats in addition to flooding.