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Updated: Storms to continue through Thursday evening in west central Minnesota

Thursday will be warmer during the day, followed by likely thunderstorms Thursday evening, some could be severe.

Severe weather risk forecast for May 12
National Weather Service
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PM UPDATE:

CHANHASSEN —The continued rainfall across the region Thursday is causing flooding concerns along the Minnesota River. More storms are forecast for later Thursday across west central Minnesota.

The National Weather Service is also forecasting strong to severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds are possible later Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the following locations:

Morton area: The Minnesota River in Morton affecting Redwood and Renville counties is under a flood warning. The weather service said at 12:04 pm Thursday that minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The river will remain out of its banks near Morton for the next few days and will rise to moderate flood stage by later Thursday. At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the river stage at Morton was 22.0 feet. The river is expected to rise to a crest of 24.9 feet by early Sunday morning. This crest compares to a previous crest of 24.4 feet on March 31, 2009.

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Montevideo area: The Minnesota River at Montevideo is under a flood warning forecast to have minor to moderate flooding. The warning is until further notice. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the stage was at 15.1 feet. The river is expected to rise to a crest of 17.3 feet by early Tuesday. This forecast crest is just 0.2 feet below the crest of 17.5 on June 24, 2014.

Marshall area: The Redwood River at Marshall is under a flooding warning. The weather service is forecasting minor flooding along the river, including Marshall. The river is expected to rise above flood stage later Thursday evening to a crest of 14.9 feed early Friday afternoon. The river will then fall below the flood stage late Saturday.

Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.

AM UPDATE:
CHANHASSEN — Showers and thunderstorms are likely in west central Minnesota, mainly before 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A collection of storm photos Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, 2022, across west central Minnesota.

Otherwise, it will be party sunny during the day, with a high near 86. Winds will be breezy in the morning, from the southeast at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Thursday evening, mainly before 11 p.m. Some of the storms could be severe. Breezy, with a south wind of 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday will be sunny, with a high near 74.

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Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and Wctrib.com in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
Boldan can be reached via email: editor@wctrib.com or telephone: 320-214-4331.
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