No Injuries Reported after Tornadoes Touch Down Across Minnesota

Updated: 05/09/2014 7:04 AM
Created: 05/06/2014 7:56 PM
By: Jennie Olson

Storms brought very active weather conditions across Minnesota on Thursday. There were reports of tornadoes touching down in southwestern Minnesota, along with strong winds and hail closer to the Twin Cities metro.

Some damage has been reported across the metro, from trees down to a roof being ripped off a home, but no injuries have been reported.

The threat for severe weather has diminished and remains very low across Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Tornado Touchdowns

At 8:04 p.m. Thursday, a confirmed tornado was located near Gaylord, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service says no damage or injuries are reported.

A tornado was also reported on the ground at 5:10 p.m. in Blue Earth County, near Highway 60 and County Road 30, west of Lake Crystal, according to the National Weather Service.

The Watonwan County Sheriff's Office said deputies and trained weather spotters saw a tornado touch down at 4:35 p.m. near the southwest edge of St. James. Watch video of the funnel cloud here.

The National Weather Service says a tornado was also confirmed near Madelia. A shed was damaged, but there were no reports of injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

Damage Across Minnesota

The first line of storms Thursday afternoon stretched from Rochester all the way to Bemidji. It brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Twin Cities metro around 4 p.m.

Some trees were down in Red Wing, and straight line winds blew a roof off a house 8 miles southeast of town in a rural area of Goodhue County.

At a Wal-Mart in Lakeville, located at 20710 Keokuk Ave., the front door was damaged Thursday afternoon, along with cars in the parking lot.

In Mounds View and Burnsville there were some reports of minor street flooding.

In Waseca, vehicles were damaged and high winds knocked down trees and tore down power poles. About 75 homes lost power on the northwest side of town. No injuries were reported.

Heavy rain fell and strong winds blew as the line of storms moved through the Owatonna area around 3 p.m. Thursday.

National Severe Weather

Thunderstorms moved across the Plains, bringing strong winds and tornadoes and prompting a high-water rescue of five children.          

Dallas police say emergency workers rescued five boys after they became trapped Thursday morning by rising waters. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation.          

Near Joshua, Texas, high winds destroyed a mobile home. Authorities say a mother and child were injured.          

Winds reached up to 70 mph Thursday afternoon in parts of Dallas, toppling large trees, tearing holes in warehouse roofs and peeling away the front wall of a church. Dallas Area Rapid Transit suspended light rail service along its northern routes until the storm passed.          

In South Dakota, the National Weather Service says quarter-size hail was reported.

Wednesday Storms

On Wednesday night, a line of storms moved through northwestern Minnesota, dropping large hail.

A home in Lakeville was hit by lightning. The damage is expected to cost thousands of dollars to fix.

Quarter-sized hail fell in Duluth Wednesday afternoon.

Severe storms also popped up in the Mankato area and brought large hail and strong wind gust up to 75 mph there.

Thunderstorms also rolled through the St. Cloud area and central Minnesota.

Outlook Meteorologist Sam Ryan says it will be much quieter Friday with more clouds and a slight chance of a passing shower. Temperatures will be cooler as they struggle to reach 60.

Sam says the weekend now looks unsettled with showers and even a few thunderstorms possible tomorrow afternoon, and then again Sunday afternoon. The good news is that temperatures will be above average, in the mid- to upper-60s.

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A shed was damaged from the storm in Madelia, Minnesota.
Strong winds rip a roof off a home near Red Wing.
Photo: Scott Peterson/ American Red Cross
Photo courtesy of Andy Thompson, Madelia, Minn.
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.
Photo courtesy of Cassie Rogness
Photo: KSTP-TV
Photo: KSTP/ Cassie Hart
Photo: KSTP/ Todd Raaen
Lightning in Isanti
Photo Courtesy of Amanda Kasper
Photo: KSTP/File

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