Tornado watch in effect for southwestern Minnesota as Mother's Day storms roll in


A tornado watch is in effect in southwestern Minnesota Sunday as storms move through the state.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties until 9 p.m. Sunday, after a storm that produced a tornado in South Dakota moved east towards the Minnesota border.

Injuries reported after SD tornado

Injuries have been reported after a tornado touched down in the South Dakota town of Delmont, located about 95 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, around 10:45 a.m. Sunday, the Argus Falls Journal reports.

The city's fire chief told The Associated Press "There have been some injuries," but he was too busy to elaborate.

The Red Cross has sent volunteers to the town of roughly 200 people to help with relief efforts, KELOLAND notes.

A church was among several buildings damaged by the tornado, KSFY says.

Severe weather threat diminished elsewhere

The threat of severe weather in the rest of Minnesota has diminished, but there's still a chance of isolated severe storms in southern Minnesota.

A warm front that was expected to bring severe storms – including the chance for tornadoes – is expected to remain south of the area Sunday evening, which will reduce the risk of severe weather in Minnesota on Mother's Day, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service is only expecting isolated severe thunderstorms across southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin between 7 p.m. and midnight Sunday.

The greatest threats with these isolated storms are lightning, large hail up to 1 inch in diameter and damaging winds, with gusts reaching up to 58 mph.

Windy in the Northland

A low-pressure system will move into the Northland Sunday, bringing increasing clouds, a chance of rain and wind gusts around 40 mph, especially from the Twin Ports to the Brainerd Lakes area, the National Weather Service in Duluth says.

Rainfall is expected to begin gradually from west to east Sunday afternoon, with the most intense rain falling overnight – the area could pick up a half-inch of rain by Monday morning.

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