Late season tornadoes touch down in Twin Cities

Late last evening a large batch of showers and storms were rumbling through the state of Minnesota. A section of that big batch of rain was some severe storms that moved through the south-side of the Twin Cities. The storm knocked down trees, and at the height of the storm, over 12,000 people were without power.

Crews from the National Weather Service went out this morning to check out the damage in Dakota County. The found that two weak tornadoes touched down. Both were rated EF-0. The first tornado touched down in Burnsville at about 10:58 pm. Numerous tree and power lines were blown down along the path with some falling on houses. A stop sign was bent all the way to the ground and a grill lid was flown about 200 yards near Nicollet Junior High School. Maximum wind speeds were estimated at about 80 mph.

The second tornado touched down at 11:05 pm. This was a brief tornado that spun up in Eagan. Numerous trees were also blown down and the exhibited a convergent damage pattern. That lead the investigators to believe it was tornadic. Some trees fell onto houses and power lines. Otherwise, little structural damage was done. Estimated winds were at 75 mph.

It is very rare for tornadoes to happen in this part of the country in November. Prior to last night, there had been only 1 tornado on record in Minnesota since 1950. Fortunately these storms weakened as the moved over the border into Western Wisconsin.

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