Severe thunderstorms will sweep through Twin Cities bringing damaging winds and heavy rain

9:35pm – Parts of Goodhue, Pepin and Pierce counties are on a tornado warning until 10pm. The affected area includes Red Wing, Minnesota, and Bay City, Frontenac and Pepin, Wisconsin.

9:25pm – Viewers shared multiple videos and images of torrential rain, hail and storm damage on Wednesday night.

(Courtesy of Frank Carrigan of Oakdale)

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9:09 p.m. – Damage potential thunderstorm line is now moving east into Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. KSTP meteorologist Matt Serwe says most of the Twin Cities subway is now “clear” but the heavy rain continues.

8:35 p.m. – Southeastern Blue Earth County and Waseca County are under a tornado warning until 9:15 p.m

8:25 p.m. — Northeast Hennepin County, southeast Anoka County and northern Ramsey County are under a tornado warning until 9 p.m. Blaine, Lino Lakes, Ham Lake, Hugo, and Forest Lake could all be affected.

8:12 p.m. – A tornado warning for western Dakota County, including Burnsville, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount and Farmington, remains in effect until 9 p.m

8:08 p.m. – A thunderstorm warning with disruptive winds has been issued for Hennepin County. Residents are advised to go indoors and make their way to the lowest level of their homes.

8pm – A tornado warning was issued for Le Sueur and Rice counties until 8:15pm. A huge series of storms is expected to sweep south through the Twin Cities metro and along Interstate 35, bringing winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour.

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

7:37 p.m. – A tornado warning has now been issued for most of Scott County and southern Carver County through 8:15 p.m

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

As of 7:09 p.m., tornadoes were being reported west of New Ulm and near Buffalo Lake, according to KSTP meteorologist Matt Serwe.

Tornado warnings are in effect until 7:30 p.m. in northern counties Martin and southeastern Watonwan, and western counties Sibley and northwestern Nicollet

A tornado warning for Sibley, McLeod and Renville counties is in effect until 7:45 p.m

According to Serwe, residents living on the route from Olivia to St. James via New Ulm are currently most at risk from severe weather.

Tornado warnings were issued for Renville, Brown and Watonwan counties through 7:15 p.m

A tornado watch was issued for the southern half of Minnesota through midnight. KSTP meteorologist Wren Clair says severe thunderstorms and some tornadoes are likely for the central and southern parts of the state.

A tornado warning for Martin County expired at 2 p.m

The National Weather Service was reporting hail about an inch in diameter in St. Michael as storms approached the eastern Twin Cities subway at about 1:30 p.m

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Parts of southern Minnesota began Wednesday with strong storms ahead of hot and humid conditions, as well as a threat of severe weather later in the day.

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

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

Hail in Kilkenny, MN, Wednesday, May 11, 2021 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Photo credit: Dan Soderlund

The NWS says “numerous” severe storms are possible Wednesday and initially flagged areas south of US 2 as having a slight risk of severe weather, but that has since changed to Highway 2 from Duluth to the North Dakota border Has.

Previously, areas north of Mankato and Marshall to the Iowa border were at increased risk. However, the NWS Storm Prediction Center has shifted that level of risk north and east, now covering all of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities and far western Wisconsin.

Northern Minnesota is at low risk with areas along the Canadian border experiencing generic thunderstorms.

The NWS says the time of highest risk will be from 3pm to 9pm

The storms come as warm, humid air is expected to sweep across the state on Wednesday and Thursday, with record temperatures at risk. Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says Thursday’s highs could rise to nearly 90 degrees.

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Meanwhile, the NWS confirmed Tuesday there was tornadic damage north of Interstate 94 near Rusk, Wisconsin. Wind speeds reported by NWS were estimated at 80-90 mph or a low-end EF1 tornado. NWS radar indicated it struck around 7:30 p.m. Monday along a path about 6 miles long.

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