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Strong thunderstorms moving into Brainerd area

Strong thunderstorms with a potential for hail and 40 mph winds are quickly approaching the Brainerd lakes area. The National Weather Service in Duluth reports the greatest coverage of thunderstorms this afternoon is expected from Brainerd to the...

Strong thunderstorms with a potential for hail and 40 mph winds are quickly approaching the Brainerd lakes area.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reports the greatest coverage of thunderstorms this afternoon is expected from Brainerd to the North Shore. Pea- to dime-sized hail is possible along with localized heavy downpours. Although the storms are not expected to become severe, the potential remains, the NWS hazardous weather outlook states.

Storms are expected to linger into tonight and could remain in extreme eastern Minnesota through Thursday, although the forecast for Brainerd is for partly sunny skies with a high near 72 degrees.

The NWS predicts a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms before 1 p.m. Friday, but skies are expected to clear in time for Brainerd High School's evening outdoor graduation ceremony. The weather could return to stormy conditions over the weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast both Saturday and Sunday.

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