One confirmed death following tornado in west-central Minnesota

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office says two people were taken to the hospital.

One person is confirmed to have died after a tornado tore through an area of Otter Tail County in west-central Minnesota Wednesday evening.

The death was confirmed by Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons, who says two people were also taken to the hospital with "unknown conditions."

He said that the county's emergency operations team has completed searching the tornado impact area east of Dalton, as well as a 6-9-mile impact zone to the northeast.

"No one is known missing at this time," he said.

If the person's death is attributed to the tornado, it would be the first tornado-related death in Minnesota since the one that struck north Minneapolis in 2011.

Storm reports filed to the National Weather Service show that a tornado – incredible footage of which you can find here – was reported as a "large tornado" heading for a farmhouse at 5:11 p.m., approximately six miles southwest of Dalton. 

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At 5:19 p.m., the tornado was reported to be a half mile from a rest stop along Interstate 94, this time again being described as a large tornado that was lofting debris into the air. 

At around 5:30 p.m., it reportedly hit three farmstead and crossed Interstate 94.

Another brief tornado was reported just over an hour later near Vining, Minnesota

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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