WCCO Weather, Kare 11 Report Tornado Warning in Minneapolis

Local TV Stations KARE 11 and WCCO Weather are reporting hail and damaging winds that sweep through metro Minneapolis, MN.

WCCO writes that all across the Twin Cities, traffic signals went out while tree limbs and other debris blocked roads during the approaching time of the rush hour.

According to KARE 11, Xcel Energy reports that about 12,000 people are without power in the metro area, the majority of those are in the west metro.

However, the worst weather is not yet over, continues KARE 11. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected into this evening especially across central and south central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes, reports the website of The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.

"WCCO Meteorologist Paul Douglas said that the safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement or an interior room away from windows. If you are caught on the road, the best idea is to seek shelter or lie flat in the nearest ditch and cover your head with your hands," reports WCCO website. - By HULIQ.COM based on Agency Reports