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UPDATED: Hubbard County, central Minnesota, in tornado warning

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Hubbard County and many surrounding counties, is in a tornado watch until 9 p.m. this evening.

The National Weather Service out of Grand Forks issued the warning at 12:45 p.m.

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A rotating system of thunderstorms was centered above Jamestown, N.D. and traveling east.

"There's a low pressure system coming out of the western Dakotas," said NWS meteorologist Jim Kaiser.

"That first batch of rain we had was along a warm front, There's a cold front" kicking off the next wave of storms, which should hit central Minnesota later this afternoon.

A tornado warning means there's the likelihood of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, high winds and hail and that spotters have sighted tornados already.

Kaiser said June has experienced "a very active weather pattern. We've barely gone 24 hours without seeing some shower activity."

But he said June is typically a "conductive" month for storm activity.

Next week won't be much better, Kaiser said.

The weekend should be dry, but another active weather system moves in next week.

"It's hard to dry out," he said. "It's hard for gardeners and especially for the farmers.

A flash flood warning was issued in the Fargo area after a morning downpour dumped 4 inches of rain in West Fargo and Georgetown, Minn.

Here's the extended forecast:

Late Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind around 28 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 23 mph decreasing to between 10 and 13 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 14 to 17 mph increasing to between 30 and 33 mph. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 23 to 26 mph decreasing to between 15 and 18 mph. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 80.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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