Storms predicted for Friday evening, July 19, could be very destructive.
During a broadcast at 1:30 p.m., meteorologist Joe Moore emphasized that winds that could take down trees and power lines are possible in the region during the fast-moving storms, along with hail and tornadoes.
The storms could be quite serious and are not the “garden-variety” storm, he said.
They are expected to hit between 6 and 10 p.m., and a tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m.
The risk is set at 4 on the five-step severe thunderstorm risk category. Rated at “moderate,” the risk level means widespread, intense severe storms are likely. The area's level 4 northern end is Hinkley, Minnesota, to beyond Park Falls. Local counties included in that broader scope are Washburn, Burnett, Sawyer, Price, Barron, and Polk.
Moore specifically mentioned that the worst of the storms would most likely be in that line from Hinkley to Spooner, Hayward, and Park Falls, but anywhere in the range could see severe storms.
Moore said the level 4 is about as high as it gets in the Northland.
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