UNDATED - Several Central Minnesota counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch on Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

Central Minnesota counties included in the watch are - Benton, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright.

The National Weather Service says scattered damaging wind gusts of up to 70 MPH are possible, along with scattered large hail.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.