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Strong storms moving into Twin Ports; tornado watch in effect for Northwestern Wisconsin

A line of strong thunderstorms was approaching the Twin Ports and Lake Superior from the south as of 3 p.m. The storms are capable of producing heavy downpours, winds to more than 50 mph and frequent lightning strikes.

A line of strong thunderstorms was approaching the Twin Ports and Lake Superior from the south as of 3 p.m. The storms are capable of producing heavy downpours, winds to more than 50 mph and frequent lightning strikes.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a special marine warning for the waters of Lake Superior, from the Twin Ports to the Apostle Islands, and a special weather statement is posted for the Duluth and Superior area.

As of 3 p.m. the storm wasn't producing hail or winds strong enough to be classified as severe, forecasters said.

The line of storms was one of several that has moved into and across the region, especially Northwestern Wisconsin, so far today, with many more expected into the evening. A tornado watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for much of Northwestern Wisconsin east and south of Douglas County.

The watch includes Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, as well as points south and east.

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Heavy rain continues to pummel much of the region, with rainfall totals since Wednesday ranging from an inch to more than 3 three inches, with more than 2 inches common across the Twin Ports.

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John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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