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Severe Weather Awareness Week Continues Today in Minnesota

Severe weather, including hail and lightning are covered on Tuesday. 

Thunderstorms are considered severe when they have one-inch hail or winds higher than 58 miles per hour. Hail develops during thunderstorms when a strong updraft is featured, especially in super cell thunderstorms. Hail causes nearly one billion dollars in damage annually and can range from pea size to over the size of softballs. Lightning kills around 100 people each year. If you are outdoors and encounter lightning, remember the saying, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” 

Lightning can strike ten miles from a storm even when it isn’t raining.