Tornado Touches Down South of Mankato

May 17, 2017 10:43 PM

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down near Skyline just south of Mankato Wednesday afternoon.

That caused a tornado warning to be issued, though the warning was allowed to expire as rotation in the thunderstorm weakened.

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However, a flash flood warning for the Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter area remains in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. The NWS said Doppler and rain gauges indicated two inches of rain had fallen in the Mankato area between 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday.

A tornado warning was also issued for Steele County, but that was allowed to expire as well.

The NWS reported half-dollar sized hail was reported earlier Wednesday in Albert Lea. And  1.2 inches of rain was reported to have fallen in 30 minutes in New Ulm.

The NWS also reported a wind gust of 58 miles per hour was measured five miles southeast of Searles in Brown County. 

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A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls for eastern Lyon County in northwestern Iowa until 3:30 p.m.

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KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl's forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of morning showers Thursday and partly cloudy skies Thursday afternoon. A high temperature of 60 is expected.

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