The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for parts of central Minnesota, including Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, and Stearns counties.

Damaging wind gusts, large hail, and frequent lightning will be the main threats.

Be weather aware, and stay tuned to 98.1 for possible warnings.

National Weather Service

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable in and near the watch area. Be weather aware and have a way to receive warnings.

From the National Weather Service this afternoon: The strongest storms are expected from mid-afternoon through the evening. Severe thunderstorms are possible, with large hail and damaging wind gusts being the primary hazards, along with heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

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