Facing the highest risk for severe weather in north-central Minnesota so far this year, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported Monday evening, July 26, its weather radar is currently of no help.

"We have the highest risk for severe weather we've seen so far this year AND our radar is down! That means we will be heavily relying on storm spotter reports tonight," a Facebook post stated. "If you see any large hail, wind damage, rotation in the clouds, or anything else, please let us know!"

To make a weather report, call the office at 218-729-6697, contact the weather service on Facebook or Twitter, or email them at nws.duluth@noaa.gov.

Much of the Northland is under a severe thunderstorm watch through midnight Monday, July 26. Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely Monday evening and night, according to the forecast.

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The primary threat with these storms is large hail up to baseball size. Gusty winds up to 70 mph, isolated tornadoes and torrential rainfall that may lead to localized flash flooding are also possible.

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The NOAA Weather Radio transmitters in Leader, MN and Aitkin, MN - Covering parts of southern Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin counties - are down due to a telecommunications outage. Technicians are actively working to restore service, but just in case service is not restored by this evening, be sure to have MULTIPLE ways to receive severe weather warnings, such as a smartphone app or local service from your county - Crow Wing County: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729514#/login Aitkin County: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085617564#/login screenshot