Man killed by Otter Tail County tornado identified

The 30-year-old was in a machine shed when the storm hit.
Dalton tornado

A tornado southeast of Dalton, Minnesota, destroys a structure on Wednesday, July 8. 

The victim of a deadly tornado in Otter Tail County on Wednesday evening has been identified as 30-year-old Seth Nelson, of rural Battle Lake. 

According to the sheriff's office, Nelson located in a machine shop at a residence located south of Dalton, where an EF3 tornado swept through the area and caused significant damage to several properties. 

A release from the sheriff's office says that a home and machine shed were "completely swept off their foundations and blown away." Nelson was in the machine shed, where, according to a GoFundMe, he was working for a man who owned the property

Two other people were transported to hospitals and released with minor injuries. 

The American Red Cross is assisting families affected by the tornado. 

The National Weather Service continues to survey damage, noting that the most significant destruction was found southeast of Dalton in Otter Tail County, where "potentially greater than EF-3" damage was found. 

  • EF-0: 65-85 mph winds
  • EF-1: 86-110 mph
  • EF-2: 111-135 mph
  • EF-3: 136-165 mph
  • EF-4: 166-200 mph
  • EF-5: 200+ mph

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