The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for the areas shaded in pink in the map until Midnight (12 a.m. Saturday). This includes Barron, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.
A watch means that conditions are right for severe thunderstorms to form. Prepare for that potential and make sure you're able to get to a severe weather shelter in a minute or two should a warning be issued. Keep your TV tuned to News 18 as a crawl will show up once a warning is issued followed by a cut in with additional details.
Other methods of receiving warnings include NOAA Weather Radios, your smartphone (as long as you haven't deactivated emergency alerts), and the free Stormtracker 18 Weather App. Make sure your phone is OFF of silent/vibrate mode in order for warnings to alert you.
Stormtracker 18 Meteorologists say a line of strong thunderstorms in Minnesota are continuing to move northeast. Threats initially will be large hail, damaging winds, and possibly an isolated tornado or two. As the evening goes on, threats will morph into mostly a damaging wind threat. As storms move east further into Wisconsin, especially east of the watch area, they'll start to weaken.
If a warning is issued for your area, seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, preferably in a basement. Due to high frequency of lightning, avoid using wired electronic devices or the shower as lightning can travel through pipes and wires in house.