Special weather statement, possible hail and thunderstorm Thursday

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THUNDERSTORMS MOVING OVER CHIPPEWA,
SWIFT AND YELLOW MEDICINE
COUNTIES THROUGH 915 AM CDT...

AT 819 AM CDT...WEATHER SERVICE
RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 4 MILES SOUTH
OF LAC QUI PARLE STATE PARK TO
8 MILES NORTHWEST OF COTTONWOOD.
THESE STORMS WERE MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WINDS UP TO 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE...
  CLARKFIELD.
  HAZEL RUN.
  MILAN.
  MONTEVIDEO AIRPORT.
  HAGEN.
  DANVERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE
STORM TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

* * * * * * *

FORECAST:
ANOTHER ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE EASTERN
DAKOTAS AND NORTHERN IOWA AND EXPAND NORTH AND EAST ACROSS THE
AREA LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THE MAIN THREATS FROM THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE
LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...THOUGH A TORNADO OR TWO WILL BE
POSSIBLE...MAINLY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

IN ADDITION...HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED WITH THIS ACTIVITY...
WHICH WILL LEAD TO A CONTINUED THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING. THE
GREATEST FLASH FLOOD THREAT WILL EXIST FROM SOUTH CENTRAL
MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED AGAIN THURSDAY
INTO THURSDAY NIGHT. ONCE AGAIN...THERE IS A CHANCE THAT SOME OF
THESE STORMS COULD BE SEVERE AND POSE A CONTINUED THREAT OF FLASH
FLOODING. BY FRIDAY...THE FLOOD THREAT WILL TRANSITION TO THE
MAIN STEM RIVERS. MUCH OF THE MINNESOTA RIVER...AND THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM SAINT PAUL DOWN TOWARD RED WING COULD REACH
FLOOD STAGE BY THE WEEKEND.

Photo: Early morning rain again dampened the streets of Benson as the area braces for more rain and wind tonite.

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