Severe Storms Hit Minneapolis Again, More on the Way

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
June 22, 2013; 9:18 AM ET
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A second night of severe thunderstorms has left hundreds of thousands without power in the Twin Cities, and more severe weather is on the way.

Severe thunderstorms plowed through Minneapolis and the rest of southern Minnesota in the wee hours of Friday morning. Another line blasted through late Friday night.

Xcel Energy reported 213,500 customers without power in and around the Twin Cities at 10:30 a.m. CDT Saturday. This is down from a peak total of nearly half a million.

Snap shot of MapSpace(TM) radar image of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds in the Twin Cities at 8:00 p.m. CDT Friday

The next round of thunderstorms has already produced severe weather across Wyoming Saturday afternoon. These storms will continue eastward into the Plains and eventually the Midwest.

Up to the minute radar of the north central U.S.

This is just the start of what will be a stormy start to the weekend anywhere from Nebraska and the Dakotas to the western Great Lakes.

While some weakening of the storms has occurred during the daylight hours Saturday, the storms will intensify, forming complexes late Saturday that will persist through the night into Sunday morning.

As these storms develop and intensify, they will be capable of producing blinding downpours, hail as large as baseballs and damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph. Although they will not be widespread, a few stronger storms from western Nebraska through southern Minnesota may produce a tornado during the afternoon and evening.

Flash flooding will also be an issue with the slower-moving thunderstorms as they could easily drop significant rainfall over a short period of time. Recent thunderstorms have also saturated the ground making it more susceptible to flash flooding.

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Saturday night's severe weather will be caused by the same slow-moving system that produced severe weather across a similar area on Friday.

Major cities in the path of severe weather for a second day in a row include Fargo, N.D., Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D., Minneapolis, and Madison, Wis.

Fortunately, the forecast looks dry for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The threat of severe thunderstorms will continue into Sunday across the Plains as the same slow-moving storm system tracks towards Ontario.

Story by Meteorologists Dave Samuhel and Brian Lada.

Thumbnail image provided by the Associated Press. A clump of uprooted trees sits next to a Lake Poinsett cabin after a fast-moving line of strong storms that barreled across northeast South Dakota spawned several tornadoes, Friday, June 21, 2013, at Lake Poinsett, S.D. One woman was killed when her trailer was tossed in the air from the storms. (AP Photo/Tena Haraldson) Similar scenes might appear across the northern Plains this weekend.


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