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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the risk of severe weather has grown for Minnesota, including the Twin Cities area.

The weather service says a powerful line of severe thunderstorms is expected to cause widespread wind damage as it races east across southern and portions of central Minnesota and into western Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon and evening. Wind gusts could occasionally exceed 80 mph. It's expected to reach the western Twin Cities area between 5 and 5 p.m., and the Twin Cities between 5:30 and 6:30.

The severe thunderstorms moved into western Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon. The weather service says a tornado touched down north of Appleton in Swift County of western Minnesota around 3 p.m. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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