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Published July 10 2010

UPDATED: Tornado warning issued for parts of Otter Tail, Wadena counties until 7 p.m.

GRAND FORKS – Portions of Otter Tail and Wadena counties in Minnesota will be under a tornado warning until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado warning has been issued for east-central Otter Tail County and southern Wadena County. As of 6:04 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes stretching from near Ottertail to about 4 miles north of Almora. The storm was moving east at 25 mph.

The storm should be near New York Mills by about 6:25 p.m., Wadena and Bluffton around 6:40 p.m. and Verndale and Aldrick around 6:50 p.m.

Those in the path of a tornado should abandon cars and mobile homes and seek protection in a sturdy building.

A previous tornado warning affecting northeastern Grant County and southern Otter Tail County was extended until 6:45 p.m.

With that warning, weather service spotters had reported a wall cloud with a funnel and golf-ball size hail in areas south of Fergus Falls.

Much of central and west-central Minnesota - including Wilkin and Otter Tail counties - is under a tornado watch until 11 p.m.

Severe weather is possible this evening and tonight in much of eastern North Dakota and northwest and west-central Minnesota, including the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Thunderstorms could develop and produce damaging winds, locally heavy rain and large hail, as a cold front moves through the region overnight.