Severe weather moves through Minnesota, Wisconsin

Updated: July 19, 2019 10:09 PM

Severe weather made its way through Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday night.

A tornado warning has expired for Barron County, Wisconsin. The warning was active until 6:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.


The Chisago County Fair closed down for the night because of storm damage and flooding. It's expected to re-open on Saturday morning. 

The National Weather Service received reports of hail as big as baseballs on I-35 between Rush City and Pine City. 

Nathan Grosse says he was stuck at a gas station in Rock Creek because his windshield is so badly damaged from hail. He was on his way to go camping, but instead he waited for a tow truck to head back home.

"The sky was this crazy blue color that I've never seen before and the wind started picking up and then rain and then this huge hail, the size of my fist came pelting down. The first one that hit the side of the building I thought it was a gunshot, it was that loud," said Grosse, who was driving from Hudson. 

Tornado warnings for Kanabec and Morrison counties have also expired. The NWS confirmed the warnings expired around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, a severe thunderstorm warning has expired in Chisago County. 

Several tornado watches have been issued for more than four dozen counties across central Minnesota and into northwestern Wisconsin.

The NWS issued tornado watches for the following counties in Minnesota until 10 p.m.: Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Big Stone, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Washington, Wilkin, Wright and Yellow Medicine.

In addition to those, tornado watches have also been issued for the following counties in Wisconsin until 10 p.m.: Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn.

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Soil across central and southern Minnesota is also saturated from previous rainfalls, meaning more rain could cause mudslides, spot flooding and trees to fall over.

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