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Storms cause grain bin to fall, killing one in Kandiyohi County

The National Weather Service confirmed the death on Thursday evening.

Thursday night's storms left a trail of destruction in western and central Minnesota, and caused the death of at least one person so far.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a male was killed when the grain bin fell on top of him northwest of Lake Lillian at around 7 p.m., with responders finding his body beneath the wreckage.

This is likely the same incident reported by the National Weather Service, which initially said a grain bin had fallen onto a car northeast of Blomkest, killing a passenger.

Blomkest and Lake Lillian are about eight miles apart, with the area subject to a tornado warning Thursday evening. It's not been confirmed if a tornado was responsible, or if it was the high straight line winds that in parts of the state exceeded 90 mph.

There have been numerous reports of structures being destroyed, roofs blown off, trees toppled onto power lines, and semis being overturned as the system blew through the southern half of the state.

There were reports of major damage in counties including Douglas, Kandiyohi, Stevens, and Todd, while the State Patrol was dealing with multiple issues on I-94, which was closed eastbound near Alexandria as winds toppled trailers.

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It marked the second consecutive day of severe storms in Minnesota. On Wednesday, the Twin Cities metro took some of the worst damage as heavy rain, strong winds and even a tornado caused damage.

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that an EF-0 tornado passed through the northeast side of Coon Rapids just before 8:30 p.m.

While a track hasn't been released yet, the NWS says it was about 50 yards wide and traveled around three miles.

The Wednesday night storms caused a tree to crash through the middle of a Coon Rapids home, but it's not confirmed yet if it was caused by the tornado.

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