Man killed in western Minnesota tornado identified

Man killed in western Minnesota tornado identified Photo: Mara Erickson.

The Associated Press
Updated: July 09, 2020 09:26 PM
Created: July 08, 2020 09:02 PM

The National Weather Service reports a powerful tornado has damaged farms and injured at least two people in western Minnesota. 

The tornado struck at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near Dalton. The weather service says three farmsteads were hit, and one of those farmhouses was flattened.

UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch active until midnight in northern Minnesota, tornado warnings expire

 Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons says two people were taken to a hospital. Their conditions were unknown. 

The tornado crossed Interstate 94 but no vehicles were affected. A National Weather Service staffer is at the scene checking the tornado aftermath, but the tornado is believed to be at least in the EF-3 category, with winds of 136-165 mph.

Sheriff Fitzgibbons also confirmed that there was one fatality. Authorities identified the man who was killed as 30-year-old Seth Nelson.

A GoFundMe has been created to help with tornado relief in Dalton and Ashby.

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