Tornado watch in effect for southern half of MN; severe thunderstorms now approaching Twin Cities

7:43 pm – A tornado warning is in effect through 8:15 pm for Carver and Hennepin counties west of Interstate 494. The alert area includes Eden Prarie, Minnetonka and Chaska.

7:37 pm – A tornado warning has now been issued for most of Scott County and southern Carver County until 8:15 pm

7:27 pm – A line of storms with 80 mph winds is now approaching Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Nicollet counties. Minnesotans between Mankato and St. Peter is advised to get indoors and away from windows.

As of 7:09 pm, tornadoes have been reported west of New Ulm and near Buffalo Lake, according to KSTP Meteorologist Matt Serwe.

Tornado warnings are in effect in northern Martin and southeastern Sibley and northwestern Nicollet counties through 7:30 pm

A tornado warning for Sibley, McLeod and Renville counties is in effect through 7:45 pm

Serwe says residents live on the line from Olivia to New Ulm to St. James is at highest risk of severe weather right now.

Tornado warnings have been issued for Renville, Brown and Watonwan counties through 7:15 pm

A tornado watch has been issued for the southern half of Minnesota through midnight. KSTP Meteorologist Wren Clair says severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are likely for the central and southern parts of the state.

A tornado warning for Martin County expired at 2 pm

The National Weather Service reported hail around one inch in diameter in Michael as storms approached the eastern Twin Cities metro at around 1:30 pm

Check the latest radar and weather alerts for more detailed information.

Parts of southern Minnesota started Wednesday with strong storms ahead of the day.

Around 6 am, the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Twin Cities announced a severe thunderstorm warning for the cities of Faribault, Montgomery and Waterville.

Special weather statements were also issued for New Ulm, Searles, Janesville and St. Clair.

Hail in Kilkenny, MN around 6:30 am Wednesday, May 11, 2021. Credit: Dan Soderlund

The NWS says “numerous” severe storms are possible Wednesday, and at first labeled areas south of US 2 seeing a Slight Risk for severe weather, however, that has changed along Highway 2 from Duluth to the North Dakota border.

Previously, areas just north of Mankato and Marshall to the Iowa border were in Enhanced Risk, however, the NWS Storm Prediction Center has moved that level to the north and east, which now covers all of Central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities and far western Wisconsin.

Northern Minnesota has a marginal risk, with areas along the Canadian border seeing generic thunderstorms.

The NWS says the highest risk period will be from 3-9 pm

The storms come as warm and humid as expected across the state Wednesday and Thursday, with record high temperatures being in jeopardy. Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says highs could rise to 90 degrees Thursday.

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Meanwhile, the NWS confirmed Tuesday there was tornadic damage just north of Interstate 94 near Rusk, Wisconsin. The NWS reported wind speeds were estimated at 80-90 mph, or a low-end EF1 tornado. NWS radar suggested at 7:30 pm Monday, along a path about 6 miles long.

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