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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Rochester area.

Olmsted County, along with Dodge and Winona Counties, are on the southern edge of the watch area, which also includes Wabasha and Goodhue Counties, the Twin Cities, and a large area of central and northern Wisconsin. In southeastern Minnesota, the severe thunderstorm watch will be in effect until 9 PM.

Forecasters say strong to severe storms are expected to develop late this afternoon and into the evening. The main threats from the storms will be damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain. The highest risk for severe weather is in the areas of Wisconsin included in the severe thunderstorm watch.

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