The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for a large portion of central Minnesota until 9:00 am.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes Benton, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright (+ more) counties in Central Minnesota -- and includes the Twins Cities metro area.

Large hail, damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph, and frequent lightning 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.

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