The National Weather Service says we could see severe storms in Rochester and across SE Minnesota Saturday afternoon and night. Heavy rainfall, large hail, and damaging wind over 70 miles per hour are possible. Tornados are not being ruled out.

Damage in Nashua from high winds. (National Weather Service)
Damage in Nashua from high winds. (National Weather Service)
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How serious is this? The forecast is 70% chance of thunderstorms, and there may not be a ton of rain being forecast (about 1 inch for Rochester), but lots of other factors to consider. Here's info directly from the National Weather Service...

Numerous severe storms are possible across the region beginning late Saturday afternoon and continuing into the night.

Primary threats include damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall. Large hail threat is more likely in the initial stages of the event, but as storms congeal into a line then damaging winds become the primary threat.

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Cannot completely rule out brief isolated tornados embedded within the line. Heavy rainfall repeating over the same location would also increase the flash flooding threat.

Adjustments to the forecast will be made as exact timing and spatial coverage details become more clear closer to the event. Plan now, especially if you have outdoor related weekend plans. (NWS)

Saturday's Severe Weather Breakdown

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  • What: Numerous severe storms possible, damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, large hail, and heavy rainfall
  • Where: Majority of region
  • Timing: Late afternoon & night
  • Impacts: Hail damage to property, and crops possible. Winds could damage trees, and down power lines
  • ACTION: Stay weather aware! Take shelter when storms approach
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And finally, it might sound silly, it might sound like something a constant worrier would say, but it's 100% true. Do not shower during a thunderstorm!

Do Not Shower During A Thunderstorm and 23 Other Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Did you know a car with rubber tires is NOT during a thunderstorm? It's true. Scroll on to see all the facts that could save your life. The National Weather Service has all this information at weather.gov.

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