Weather Service: Storms Spawn at Least 6 Tornadoes in Minnesota

August 17, 2020

The National Weather Service has confirmed that storms on Aug. 14 spawned at least six tornadoes in Minnesota.

Survey crews determined the strongest tornado was an EF1 in McLeod County packing winds estimated at up to 95 mph (153 kph). That tornado tracked for just over two miles (three kilometers) between Biscay and Glencoe and damaged trees and outbuildings.

Five other tornadoes were rated EF0 and caused damage in western and central Minnesota and in Crystal and Waconia in the Minneapolis area.

No injuries were reported from Friday’s storms, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

Crews were working Sunday to restore power to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Twin Cities still without electricity. Xcel Energy said 125,000 customers were without electricity at the peak of the outage. Crews hoped to have power restored to most customers by Sunday afternoon.

Topics Catastrophe Natural Disasters Windstorm Minnesota

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