MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Severe weather is raced across Minnesota Sunday night, prompting tornado warnings in western Minnesota and severe thunderstorm warnings in several counties.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for several Minnesota counties, including the Twin Cities metro, until 1 a.m. Monday. Severe storms started developing at about 8 p.m. in far western Minnesota, prompting tornado warnings in Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone Counties until 9 p.m.
The biggest threat with these storms were strong winds, damaging hail and heavy rain.
The National Weather Service says the Twin Cities and the southeast corner of the state were under an enhanced risk of severe weather. Tornadoes were possible but unlikely.
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The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Blue Earth county late Sunday night that expired at 11 p.m. There were reports of a tornado on the ground near Lake Crystal, which is in southern Minnesota near Mankato.
Confirmed tornado now north of Lake Crystal near county road 20 and highway 68. #mnwx
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) July 10, 2017
Sunday’s storms packaged a punch, with several counties being hit by high winds, damaging hail and lightning that lit up the night sky.
The storm clouds should clear out overnight, leaving clear skies. Looking ahead, Monday looks to be warm and muggy. The next chance for severe weather is expected Tuesday night.