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Update: Threat of tornado passed; spotters called in

Update 5:20 p.m.: The threat of the storm has reportedly left Freeborn County, and spotters have been called in from their positions, according to radio traffic through the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Update 4:48 p.m.: Northeastern Freeborn County is under a tornado warning through 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Sirens have sounded throughout the county, including in Albert Lea.

According to the National Weather Service a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Geneva moving southeast. Weather spotters reported a funnel cloud.

 

Update 4:34 p.m.: 

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office has sounded tornado sirens in Geneva, Clarks Grove and Hollandale, according to initial reports of funnel clouds from spotters.

 

Original story:

Southwestern Steele and southeastern Waseca counties are under a tornado warning until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather agency states a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located seven miles northwest of Ellendale at 4:23 p.m. and moving southeast at 25 mph.

Flying debris could be dangerous to those caught without shelter, and damage could occur to roofs, windows, vehicles and trees.

Weather spotters reported a funnel cloud, the Weather Service stated.