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Tornado touches down in western Minnesota

The Weather Service says it touched down near the town of Hancock.

Update: 9:20 p.m.

According to some reports, more than one tornado touched down in Stevens County this evening. KARE 11 says twisters were on the ground near both Morris and Hancock.

There were also trees downed around Cyrus, Minnesota, where the Pope County Tribune posted video of a funnel cloud to Facebook.

Meanwhile, the storms are moving east. The National Weather Service is expecting them to reach the Twin Cities area around midnight.

Below is a story posted earlier Tuesday evening.

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Storms moving through western Minnesota Tuesday evening spawned a tornado. The National Weather Service says it was reported in Stevens County at 6:45 p.m.

Forecasters say the tornado touched down about five miles north of Hancock. It was headed a little east of Morris, toward the towns of Cyrus and Kensington.

But by 8 p.m. tornado warnings in the area had expired and been replaced with a severe thunderstorm warning.

According to KARE 11, there were a number of funnel clouds in the area and hail stones up to two inches in diameter.

There were no immediate reports about damage from the tornado.

The outlook for Tuesday night and early Wednesday includes a tornado watch extending from the southwestern corner of Minnesota through the St. Cloud area to Mille Lacs. The watch lasts until 2 a.m.

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