July 12, 2018 09:18 PM
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Twin Cities and much of southern Thursday.
A severe thunderstorm warning was also in effect in Dakota County until 7:30 p.m.
The storms resulted in scattered reports of power outages and flooded streets in parts of the metro.
The counties originally included in the watch were: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan and Winona.
Many of those counties were dropped. But the watch remained in effect until midnight for Blue Earth, Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, Waseca and Watonwan Counties.
KSTP Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell said the primary threat with Thursday night's storms was damaging winds, as well as flooding in areas of southern Minnesota that have already been saturated with heavy rain recently.
Parts of western Wisconsin are also under a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight.
Updated: July 12, 2018 09:18 PM
Created: July 12, 2018 05:16 PM
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