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Who Decides When to Sound the Tornado Sirens? (It’s a Little Complicated)

Ever wonder who decides when to sound the tornado sirens? The answer is, 'It depends.' According to the National Weather Service; individual counties and cities own the sirens, and decide independently how and when to activate them. The NWS does not control the sirens.

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Statewide Tornado Drills Set For Today

For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. Today's statewide tornado drills are part of that event. 98.1, Minnesota's New Country along with other radio & TV stations will be participating in the drill.

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Severe Storms Possible Across Southern Minnesota this Afternoon & Evening

The National Weather Service says that there's a chance of severe weather across the southern part of Minnesota today -- with the greatest risk for areas south of St. Cloud, including the Twin Cities.

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Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Roll Through Central Minnesota

Storms made there way through central Minnesota Monday evening.

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REFRESHER: What’s The Difference Between A Watch And A Warning? [Video]

With severe weather possible today & tonight across Central Minnesota, it's a good time for a refresher on the difference between a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado 'WATCH,' and a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado 'WARNING.' Here's the scoop:

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Strong to Severe Storms Possible Tonight

We've got another unseasonable warm day on tap for today, but the threat of strong to severe storms looms for the eastern portion of the area overnight tonight, with large hail being the main threat. Stay tuned to 98.1 for possible watches or warnings.

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Flood Watch Issued for Parts of Central Minnesota

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch in effect from 7 PM tonight through late Wednesday night for the eastern portion of the 98.1 listening area including Sherburne, Isanti, Chisago, and Wright Counties. Heavy rains over the next couple of days may result in urban and rural flooding.

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Severe Weather Possible Across Central Minnesota Tonight

Your Labor Day looks fairly dry -- good news for barbecues & picnics, but storms will redevelop tonight with some potentially strong to severe. Tune to 98.1 for any possible watched and warnings.

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Severe Weather Possible Today Through Tonight

The National Weather Service says there is a risk of severe weather across Central Minnesota today and tonight. Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain will be the main threat. Stay tuned to 98.1 for any possible watches and warnings.

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Severe Weather Possible Tonight & Tomorrow

The National Weather Service says that severe thunderstorms producing large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain are possible across Central Minnesota tonight and tomorrow. Stay tuned to 98.1 for possible watches and warnings.

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Severe Storms Possible Tonight for WE Fest Campers

Do you want the good news or bad news first? The bad news is that severe storms are possible for the Detroit Lakes area tonight through tomorrow morning. The good news is that sunshine and highs in the 70's are forecast for all three days of the WE Fest shows.

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Severe Storms Possible Today & Tonight

Two rounds of thunderstorms are expected across the area today. The first moving in from the south during the day, the second advancing from North Dakota this evening and tonight. Some of these storms could be severe with damaging winds, large hail, and even a few tornadoes. Tune to 98.1 for possible watches and warnings.

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