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Tornado Watch -- Severe Weather Likely

(WDAY-TV/WDAZ-TV)  The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of eastern North Dakota and a small part of the western edge of Minnesota under a Tornado Watch.  The watch is in effect through 11 pm.  Strong thunderstorms will be developing in North Dakota west of U.S. Highway 281 this afternoon.  For the first couple of hours, these storms will be capable of very large, damaging hail, high winds, and a few tornadoes.  During the early evening, the storms are expected to organize into an eastward-moving line which will diminish the tornado threat but increase the danger of damaging winds.

This line of storms is expected to be approaching the Grand Forks and Fargo areas around 9-11 pm, and then continue into Minnesota.  If the storms remain strong, it is likely that a new Severe Thunderstorm Watch would be issued for parts of western Minnesota in advance of the line.

Stay up on the weather this evening and tonight as this is a particularly volatile situation.  Watch WDAY and WDAZ TV for updates and keep your StormTRACKER app handy.  In case of a power loss, we continue to stream our weather updates through the app to keep people informed.

Meteorologists John Wheeler and Andrew Whitmyer

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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