September 17, 2018 10:27 PM
As thunderstorms made their way through the state Monday afternoon, storm damage was reported in Rice County, according to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.
The NWS reported that a number of trees and power lines were down from Morristown to Faribault to Northfield.
Rice County Emergency Manager reported widespread trees and power lines down from Morristown to Northfield. We would appreciate any other damage reports with these storms. Stay safe! #mnwx— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) September 17, 2018
Sgt. Mark Hlady, with the Rice County Sheriff's Office, said there was only one report of structural damage. Hlady said wind gusts caused a barn that was under construction on the 9000 block of Albers Avenue outside of Northfield to cave in. A piece of flying board hit a worker in the face and he went to the hospital. He's expected to recover.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area earlier in the afternoon, however, the Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said it actually was announced 10 minutes after a wind storm had already charged through the area.
"In a perfect world we would have preferred to know ahead of time, but sometimes these things can be seen ahead of time on radar and sometimes they can't," Nelson said.
The forceful gusts were unrelenting in the heart of Northfield. Especially for resident Jeremy Braun, who lives along St. Olaf Avenue and came home from work to see a huge Hackberry tree toppled over onto his new finished fence, yard and part of his garage.
"I worked hard to build that fence, it took a month and now I get to fix it, it could've been worse though," said Braun.
At the Village Terrace Complex, the Lind family's mobile home took a direct blow. The roof was peeled off while their teenage daughter Sheyla Lino was inside by herself.
"I heard the gust of the wind and out of nowhere, I head a loud sound and I didn't know it was my roof," she said.
Northfield Police Officers had to help free her because the front porch was blocked.
The NWS in La Crosse, Wisconsin reported winds between 45 and 55 mph in the Austin area.
As of 2:50 p.m. Xcel energy reported a total of four outages in the Northfield area, impacting 18 customers.
The NWS asked any other known storm damage in the state be reported.
Updated: September 17, 2018 10:27 PM
Created: September 17, 2018 02:58 PM
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