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4 funnel clouds reported, tornado threat misses metro

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At least four funnel clouds were spotted southwest of the metro Thursday evening as a storm front marched northeast toward the Twin Cities. No damage or injuries have been reported from tornadoes, according to KSTP.

The National Weather Service tweeted reports of a tornado near Gaylord in Sibley County just after 8 p.m., moving northeast at about 30 mph.

Before the tornado was spotted in Gaylord, hail was reported on the ground in Sibley and McLeod counties, accompanied by 60 mph winds and heavy rain.

tornado watch was originally issued until 9 p.m. for the metro and southern Minnesota, but was canceled by the NWS at 8:20 p.m. At about 8:30 p.m., a line of strong storms made its way toward the west metro, with heavy rain, small hail and strong winds of up to 50 mph, the NWS said.

The other tornadoes included one on the ground shortly before 5 p.m. near St. James, Minnesota, roughly 120 miles southwest of Minneapolis, and another minutes later near Nicollet, about 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis, according to the National Weather Service. FOX 9 reports that Tim Purington, an official storm chaser with the station and SevereStudios.com, spotted the funnel cloud near St. James shortly before 5 p.m.:KMSP-TV Another tornado was reported near Madelia, roughly 105 miles southwest of Minneapolis:

It's been a wild day of storm tracking for forecasters across the state. The National Weather Service throughout the day urged Minnesotans to pay close attention to the weather as a second wave of storms moves northeast from southwestern Minnesota.

There were reports of nickel-sized hail, flooded streets, uprooted trees and damage to vehicles during the afternoon. On Twitter, people also reported snapped power lines in Le Sueur County.

MPR News reported that there were delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport earlier Thursday.

The weather service has a preparedness guide for severe weather. Click here to read more. The Red Cross also has a tornado smartphone app. Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? The Minnesota Department of Public Safety breaks it down here.

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