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Dayton Declares It 'Beyonce Day,' As Storms Loom

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- As storms threaten to dampen spirits at the TCF Bank Stadium, Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up concert excitement by declaring Monday "Beyoncé Day" in the state of Minnesota.

The Formation Tour marks the pop superstar's fourth solo performance in the state, and her first since 2013, when she brought the Mrs. Carter Show Tour here.

Dayton cited Beyoncé for influencing Minnesota's women and girls with her feminism and positivity.

Beyoncé was booked to perform at "the Bank" Monday at 7 p.m., but weather concerns pushed the start time back to 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, many fans are preparing for a downpour as forecasts call for storms to pop during the afternoon and evening. WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says there's a possibility for severe storms, potentially bringing hail.

Currently, forecasts say that the highest threat for storms, which will be widespread, will be in the early evening, approximately when Beyonce is scheduled to take the stage. However, WCCO meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the storms should start to push east

On hand will be students of meteorology from St. Cloud State University, in order to help make the decision whether or not the concert should be postponed due to lightning.

According to a member of the St. Cloud State team, at least twice in the recent past has lightning forced TCF Bank to stop down events -- a Gopher non-conference game two years ago, and a preseason Vikings game last year.


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