A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of north-central Minnesota until 1 AM CDT.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to enter the Northland around 8 PM this evening and have the potential for damaging winds (possibly in excess of 75 MPH!), large hail (1"+) and frequent lightning. A few weak tornadoes can't be ruled out.

Have a plan to take shelter should storms threaten your location.

Follow us on Twitter (@NWSDuluth) for more frequent updates, and ensure you have multiple ways to receive warnings (such as NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio/TV, smartphone apps, etc.) should severe storms move into your area.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to move into the Northland after 8 PM tonight and continue overnight. Damaging winds in excess of 75+ mph will be likely from the Brainerd Lakes up to Grand Rapids, and east into the Twin Ports and I-35 corridor. Large hail up to 1.5 inches, isolated tornadoes, and localized flash flooding are possible as well.

Areas north of US Highway 2 and east of US Highway 53 in northwest Wisconsin will have a slightly smaller chance of seeing widespread severe weather, but numerous severe thunderstorms are possible with damaging winds being the main threat.

Make sure to be weather-alert tonight and have access to a safe shelter. These storms may bring trees down over widespread areas and lead to power outages that may last several days in some places!

ATTENTION CAMPERS: Two rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms are likely tonight and again Saturday afternoon/evening. Widespread damaging winds in excess of 70 mph are likely, which may knock down trees and power lines.

If you plan to be out camping tonight, you may be putting yourself in danger! Consider changing your plans, or have a plan for taking sturdy shelter in case severe weather strikes your area. Have multiple ways to receive warning information!

Remember that tents and RVs are NOT safe shelters!