Severe weather possible; flood watch issued

Published 11:48 am Monday, May 20, 2024

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Update 5:45 a.m. Tuesday):

In addition to possible severe weather today, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through this evening caused by excessive rainfall.

The watch is in effect for portions of south-central, southeast and southwest Minnesota.

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The weather agency states excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected early Tuesday morning through evening.


(Original story):

Severe storms are possible starting tonight and continuing through Tuesday with a threat of damaging wind, hail, heavy rain and potentially tornadoes.

According to the National Weather Service, Albert Lea and the surrounding area are under an enhanced risk for severe weather for Tuesday and a slight risk Monday afternoon and overnight.

Several rounds of storms are expected this evening and overnight. Large hail up to 1 inch in diameter is possible, along with damaging wind gusts.

On Tuesday, numerous strong to severe storms are expected for southeastern Minnesota. The weather agency states storms could be possible Tuesday morning but widespread severe storms are expected Tuesday evening.

Heavy rainfall is likely Tuesday afternoon and evening, and totals may exceed 2 or 3 inches. This will lead to rises on rivers and their tributaries through the end of the week.