UPDATE 11:35 p.m.—The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Dakota County until midnight for Dakota County.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
• SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EXTREME NORTHWESTERN GOODHUE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
• UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT
• AT 1125 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS... CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SOUTH ST PAUL TO FARMINGTON TO NEW MARKET...AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... INVER GROVE HEIGHTS... SOUTH ST PAUL... LAKEVILLE... WEST ST PAUL... APPLE VALLEY... EAGAN... CREDIT RIVER... MENDOTA HEIGHTS... LILYDALE... NEWPORT... ROSEMOUNT... FARMINGTON... ST PAUL PARK... COATES... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH AND LARGE HAIL. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
A flood advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. Click here to see that advisory.
UPDATE 10:20 p.m.—The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Dakota County through 1 a.m. Monday.
Other counties included in the advisory are Carver, Renville, Hennepin, McLeod, Meeker, Sibley, Ramsey, Scott, Anoka, Washington and Wright.
Here is some of the text from the weather service's statement:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THIS IS MOVING EAST AND WILL AFFECT EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH AT LEAST MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL RATES OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AN HOUR WILL BE LIKELY AS THE STORMS MOVE THROUGH ....
RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE MINOR FLOODING TO OCCUR...ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND NEAR LOW WATER CROSSINGS...INCLUDING HIGHWAY UNDERPASSES. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE...BUFFALO...FOREST LAKE...GAYLORD...HUTCHINSON...LITCHFIELD...MINNEAPOLIS... PLYMOUTH...ST PAUL...ANDOVER...ANNANDALE...ANOKA...APPLE VALLEY...ARDEN HILLS... ARLINGTON...BAYPORT...BELLE PLAINE...BISCAY...BLAINE...BLOOMINGTON...BROOKLYN CENTER... BROOKLYN PARK...BROWNTON...BUFFALO LAKE...BURNSVILLE... CARVER...CASTLE ROCK...CEDAR MILLS...CENTERVILLE AND CHAMPLIN.
UPDATE 10 P.M.—The National Weather Service says strong to severe storms, as well as winds up to 60 miles per hour and some hail, are heading toward Dakota County and the Twin Cities metro area.
The storms are expected to batter the area through 11 p.m. before moving east into Wisconsin.
Dakota County is one of 34 counties in Minnesota under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service says an area of severe storms that ripped through western Minnesota earlier this evening is heading east into the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
As of 9:25 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for communities east of Willmar and a severe thunderstorm warning was in place for at least eight counties in central and western Minnesota.
Click here for the latest National Weather Service forecast.