A line of wicked storms that raced along Interstate 94 and Hwy. 12 in Minnesota earlier this week is now to blame for at least two tornadoes.
Having already confirmed a tornado touchdown in the Minnestrista area, the National Weather Service has since confirmed a second, earlier tornado touchdown, near Howard Lake.
"Brief tornado occurred just southwest of Howard Lake, MN. The tornado damaged 3 properties, with 2 barns heavily damaged and a private residence with shingles ripped off along with numerous trees snapped along the path of the tornado," the NWS Twin Cities said after conducting a damage survey.
The twister was on the ground for 1.1 miles and produced 90 mph winds, making it an EF-1 tornado. It was never more than 90 yards wide.
The same area of the storm that produced the quick spin-up near Howard Lake went on to spawn a second tornado just over 15 miles to the southeast, near Watertown. That twister was on the ground for 3.5 miles and produced EF-1 damage along a path before lifting near Minnetrista.
The tornadoes were part of a line of storms that produced damaged across the midsection of Minnesota, downing numerous trees in the north metro and leaving hefty hail damage in parts of west-central Minnesota.