The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for a large portion of Southern and Central Minnesota until 9 AM this morning.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes Kandiyohi, Mcleod, Meeker, Renville, Sibley, and Wright counties in Central Minnesota.

Large hail, heavy rain, damaging wind gusts, and a few tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area this morning.

National Weather Service

Monitor the weather, and have a plan of action if severe weather strikes your area. Stay weather aware, and have a way to receive warnings.

From the National Weather Service this morning: A line of strong thunderstorms is moving east at 60 mph. This line has a history of producing damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph.

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