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Tornado watch issued for parts of southern Minnesota

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Weather officials are urging people to pay attention to weather alerts because there's a threat of severe storms, including some intense tornadoes, Monday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of west central, southwest and south central Minnesota until 8 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings are also in effect for parts of southern Minnesota.

There's a slight risk of severe weather in central Minnesota, but the potential for tornadoes increases toward the Minnesota-Iowa border. In addition to tornadoes, the severe storms could produce hail, damaging winds and flooding, the National Weather Service says.

Storms are expected to form in southwest Minnesota Monday afternoon, and will transition east to southeastern Minnesota in the evening and overnight hours. There is a chance for severe weather in the Twin Cities as well.

KARE 11 has a timeline for the Twin Cities: Expect the weather to stay sunny throughout the morning, but clouds will start to roll in around noon. By 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., spotty showers are possible, and the chance for storms and heavier rain increases throughout the evening.

Warm temperatures and humidity are expected through the week, KARE 11 notes. The threat of more heavy rain and severe weather continues through Thursday, the National Weather Service says. Two to 4 more inches of rain is expected through the work week.

Because of the already saturated soil conditions from the recent rainy weather, much of this week's rainfall is expected to run off into the already swollen river basins. River flooding is expected along the Crow River, Redwood River and Sauk River, while flooding is possible along the Mississippi River and Minnesota River. Urban areas and small streams could also see flooding, the weather service notes.

The Twin Cities have gotten 5.73 inches of rain so far this June. If the metro gets 2 more inches of rain this month, it'll crack the top 10 for wettest Junes on record, WCCO notes. The wettest June on record is 11.67 inches in 1874, the news station says.

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