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Next Weather Alert: Tornado Watch Issued In Southwestern Minn.

UPDATE(11:50 a.m.): A tornado watch has been issued in southwestern Minnesota for Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties until 6 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Monday morning’s round of severe storms wraps up, it’s time to start looking ahead to another bout arriving in the afternoon.

Widespread storms hit much of the state in the overnight and early morning hours, leaving thousands without power and dropping several inches of rain. Parts of northern and southwestern Minnesota remain under severe thunderstorm watches.

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Flood watches and warnings are also in effect in northern Minnesota, where the morning storms poured 3 to 5 inches of rain in a span of just a few hours.

The morning round also brought damaging winds, which reached as much as 85 mph in some areas.

According to PowerOutage.US, about 22,000 Minnesotans are without power as of 7:15 a.m.

The second round of storms will arrive in western Minnesota around 3 p.m. and begin heading eastward toward the Twin Cities. This round will be more dangerous and more widespread. WCCO’s Next Weather team says conditions will be unusually favorable for destructive storms.

The area with the highest chance of severe weather is in western Minnesota, stretching from Marshall all the way to Bemidji. There will be a tornado threat in that area, but WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said any severe thunderstorm warning should be treated as if it contains a tornado due to the chance of damaging winds.

Monday will also be hot and humid, with a high of 90 in the Twin Cities.

After midnight, things will quiet down and temperatures will drop. The metro will hover in the low 70s for most of the week, and though more rain is possible in the coming days, none of it looks to be severe as of now.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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