Posted at 3:17 PM on May 1, 2012
by Craig Edwards
Filed under: Tornadoes
Source:NOAA/NWS Chanhassen, MN
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 220
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
300 PM CDT TUE MAY 1 2012
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA
FAR SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA
EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 300 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.
TORNADOES...HAIL TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 70 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES EAST OF YANKTON SOUTH
DAKOTA TO 40 MILES NORTHEAST OF ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).
REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. Source:NOAA SPC
As thunderstorms continue to develop in this unstable atmosphere they will track east and northeast through the remainder of the afternoon into the early evening. Be prepared to seek shelter if a waning is issued for your location.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings should be taken seriously as the warning may eventually be upgraded to a Tornado Warning.