Severe t-storm watch in effect until 11 p.m.

Published 4:40 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mower County, like much of southeast Minnesota, is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service warned the system could include high winds and hail.

The chance for severe storms will continue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Utilities issues peak alert

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Austin Utilities issues a peak alert until 8 p.m. Tuesday night as high temperatures hovered in the mid-80s.

People are asked to keep their electronic usage to a minimum by reducing air conditioner use, shutting off lights, or running the dishwasher later in the evening or early in the morning.

Every action helps during a Peak Alert period, according to Austin Utilities officials.