The Brainerd lakes area faces scattered severe storms Thursday night, Aug. 13, and Friday, Aug. 14, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The NWS is expecting two rounds of possibly severe weather in the next two days, including in Crow Wing and Cass counties, which could see between 1 and 2 inches of rain.
The first round is expected between 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, and 4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, over north-central and northeast Minnesota, with the second round expected between 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, and 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, across all of northeast Minnesota and portions of northwest Wisconsin.
Possible hazards include damaging winds, large hail and localized flash flooding due to heavy rainfall. One or two tornadoes can't be ruled out for the storms Friday afternoon/evening, Aug. 14, the NWS said in an email.
The main risks Thursday, Aug. 13, the NWS said, are hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 70 mph. Tornadoes are unlikely but localized flash flooding is possible, the weather service said.
Friday, Aug. 14, scattered severe storms are still possible in the lakes area. Risks are hail up to 1 inch in diameter and wind gusts up to 60 mph. Possible tornadoes and localized flash flooding are possible.