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Severe Thunderstorm Watch 486
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Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Low Very Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Low
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   SEL6

   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 486
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   700 PM CDT WED AUG 12 2015

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA

   * EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM 700 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...SMALL BUT WELL-ORGANIZED COMPLEX OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
   IS EXPECTED TO MOVE GENERALLY SOUTH-SOUTHEASTWARD ALONG AN
   INSTABILITY GRADIENT AND OUT OF EXISTING WATCH 485.  SOME LATERAL
   EXPANSION OF THESE STORMS ALSO MAY OCCUR.  DAMAGING GUSTS AND LARGE
   HAIL ARE POSSIBLE.  WHILE SOME UNCERTAINTY EXISTS HOW LONG THIS
   COMPLEX WILL LAST...FAVORABLY MOIST AND UNSTABLE INFLOW AIR IS
   EVIDENT POTENTIALLY AS FAR SOUTH AS THE TWIN CITIES AREA.

   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 45
   STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES NORTH OF
   SAINT CLOUD MINNESOTA TO 25 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF MINNEAPOLIS
   MINNESOTA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
   FAVORABLE FOR 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. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
   DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

   &&

   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 485...

   AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
   TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
   KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
   MOTION VECTOR 34040.


   ...EDWARDS
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