National Weather Service confirms tornado hit in western Hennepin County

The tornado touched down just east of Watertown.
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A damage assessment from the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Carver County and moved into western Hennepin County late Monday night. 

The tornado was confirmed on radar as it happened just after 10 p.m., but a team studying the damage left behind in the storm was consistent with an EF-1 tornado that was on the ground for approximately five minutes. 

The twister touched down just east of Watertown and moved east-southeast into Hennepin County before lifting after spending approximately 3.5 miles on the ground. The twister had a maximum width of 200 yards.  

The green spots within the blue-ish line are where the EF-1 damage was found. 

The green spots within the blue-ish line are where the EF-1 damage was found. 

FOX 9 meteorologist Cody Matz tweeted a radar replay that shows radar indicated debris signature that moved from east of Watertown to near the north side of Minnetrista. 

The storm struck after dark, so it doesn't appear that anyone captured the tornado on video. Plus, it could've been embedded in sheets of a heavy rain that was falling along the line of severe storms. 

You can find more damage reports from the Labor Day storms right here

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