National Weather Service Designation for Faribault Region. NWS Slide

City of Faribault Emergency Management Director Dustin Dienst wanted to inform residents in the region the National Weather Service (NWS) believes there is a chance for severe weather Friday night.

The National Weather Service outlook states, "Confidence continues to increase on the potential for severe thunderstorms beginning Friday afternoon in western Minnesota."

"How far east these severe storms move across Minnesota, and into western Wisconsin, remains uncertain."

"A slight risk of Severe Storms covers much of the region."  The primary threat they say is damaging wind.  A few tornadoes are also possible and hail.

The National Weather Services places the risk at "Slight."  Definition of slight includes scattered severe storms possible.  Short-lived and not widespread, isolated intense storms.

They say to plan ahead if you have outdoor plans and have a way to get weather information.

The National Weather Service states, "These storms could be fast-moving at speeds near 50 mph."

The main message is for people to stay tuned to the forecast and know where your severe weather shelter is.  This is especially true for people outdoors.

The NWS has some camping safety tips that may seem elementary but many people every year get caught by not paying attention to what's happening around them.

Helpful tips here.

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Let's hope you never need this information.

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