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At least 8 tornadoes reportedly touched down south of the Twin Cities

The weather service will conduct surveys to confirm possible tornado touchdowns.
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Funnels or possible dual tornadoes near Owatonna. 

An unexpected night of twisters stunned Minnesotans south of the Twin Cities Wednesday night, with at least eight tornadoes confirmed by law enforcement and trained spotters. 

The National Weather Service is expected to conduct damage surveys on Thursday, but early reports show some tree damage from the storms, though no structures have been reported as being damaged by the tornadoes. 

Here are the official storm reports from the National Weather Service. 

7:25 p.m. - law enforcement confirmed two tornadoes 3-4 miles west of Owatonna.

7:45 p.m. - trees down from a brief tornado touchdown 3 miles east of Morristown.

7:45 p.m. - a second tornado 3 miles east of Morristown was confirmed by a longtime spotter.

8:01 p.m. - tornado crossed Highway 19 about 4 miles northeast of Henderson along the Scott County and Le Sueur County line. 

8:21 p.m. - trees down 6 miles west-southwest of Dundas (suspected tornado)

8:27 p.m. - tornado confirmed 3 miles south-southeast of Elko New Market.

8:42 p.m. - rain-wrapped tornado reported 2 miles east of Elko New Market.

The weather service has yet to confirm all of the reported tornado touchdowns, but based on the storm reports there were two tornadoes simultaneously on the ground near Owatonna and Morristown, while the Elko New Market area was impacted by two tornadoes 15 minutes apart. 

Thursday has the potential to be a repeat of Wednesday. The morning will be a soaker for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, while redeveloping storms in the afternoon could go severe. 

"A few stronger storms are possible this afternoon and evening. Primary risks will be hail up to 1 inch and 60 mph wind gusts, but a weak tornado cannot be ruled out," the weather service says. 

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