National Weather Service adds four historic December tornadoes in Minnesota
The National Weather Service continues to survey damage from severe storms Wednesday night. This weekend, the La Crosse, Wisconsin office confirmed four more tornadoes in southeast Minnesota, bringing the total to nine in the state.
Two additional EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed. One was east of Plainview in Wabasha County. That tornado had maximum winds of 93 mph. There was another EF-1 near Racine in Mower County. This tornado had maximum winds of 110 mph.
There were also two EF-0 tornadoes. One was confirmed north of Wyattville in Winona County, and rhe other was near Sumner in Fillmore County. Both of these tornadoes had maximum winds of 85 mph.
Previously, the National Weather Service offices in La Crosse and Chanhassen confirmed five tornadoes in Minnesota. This included an EF-2 in Hartland that damaged several downtown buildings. These are the first December tornadoes on record in the state.
Three tornadoes have been confirmed in Freeborn County from Wednesday evening. 2 were EF-1s that damaged mainly trees and utility poles. The strongest, an EF-2, hit the town of Hartland, MN where a few businesses and homes were damaged. More info: https://t.co/tdIq1eEOlS #mnwx pic.twitter.com/fQMQ5e5sxr— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) December 18, 2021