St. Cloud, central Minnesota dodge tornado watches as strong storm system pushes through

St. Cloud, central Minnesota dodge tornado watches as strong storm system pushes through Click to Enlarge Photo:

May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud and much of central and western Minnesota were under multiple tornado warnings Tuesday afternoon as a strong line of thunderstorms pushed through the state, bringing strong winds, heavy rains, hail and isolated tornadic activity, according to the National Weather Service.

The service issued five separate tornado warnings between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, covering at various times portions of Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties as well as the city of St. Cloud.

Despite weather spotter reports of tornado touchdowns, no significant damage was reported.  The Minnesota State Patrol reported no immediate serious injuries as well connected to the weather, although officers responded to a high number of traffic-related incidents Tuesday evening.

Rainfall estimates ranged from between a quarter-inch up to 2.5 inches in some of the hardest-hit areas.  Early rain totals included up to 1.5 inches at the St. Cloud Regional Airport by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The watch issued at 3 p.m. covered 37 Minnesota counties, including Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties. The watch remained in effect until 10 p.m.

The watch also includes Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Watonwan, Wilkin, Wright and Yellow Medicine counties.

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