Severe thunderstorms are expected Monday evening, July 26, in northeastern Minnesota, including all of Cass and Crow Wing counties.

The greatest threat moved later than initially forecast, to 7-9 p.m. in the Brainerd lakes area, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

There's an enhanced risk for numerous severe thunderstorms with large hail - up to baseball size hail is possible - damaging winds up to 70 mph and isolated tornadoes along with localized flash flooding, the NWS said in an emailed release.

The greatest threat overall is from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. with storms starting in northeast Minnesota in the late afternoon/evening and tracking southeast across western Lake Superior and northwest Wisconsin Monday evening into the night.

The NWS said residents should be prepared for multiple rounds of storms.

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An enhanced risk of storms means numerous severe storms are possible. Some longer lived severe storms and a few intense storms are possible.

The NWS encourages people to have multiple ways to get weather warnings and to seek shelter immediately when warnings are issued for their location.