Serious damage reported in Faribault, Waterville as storms smash Minnesota

Mapleton and Red Wing are among the other cities badly hit.
Publish date:

A line of severe storms has caused serious damage on southeastern Minnesota, as high winds, torrential rain and possible tornadoes tore a path across the state.

Damage reports are coming in from cities across the region, with Faribault, Waterville, Mapleton and Red Wing among those getting particularly hard hit.

In Rice County, significant damage has been reported at Faribault Airport, where planes have been flipped by winds and buildings have been destroyed.

Numerous trees have been brought down in several cities, along with light posts and power lines, with roofs and vehicles taking damage.

Although not confirmed yet, there have been reports of possible tornadoes at Granada before 6 p.m., in Waterville and Faribault at around 7 p.m., as well as near Ellsworth at around 7:40 p.m.

Xcel Energy is reporting that more than 30,000 households were without power as of 8 p.m.

In the Twin Cities, torrential rain that dropped several inches across the afternoon and evening led to localized flooding, with residential roads turned into rivers in parts of the metro area.

The worst of the system had passed out of the metro area and southeast Minnesota by 8 p.m., with efforts now underway to survey the wreckage left behind.

Here's a look at some of the damage.

Next Up


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity and I.T. professionals to forefront

University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping meet demand with online master’s programs

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.


Gallery: Storms leave path of destruction across Minnesota

Damage from high winds, flooding and possible tornadoes.


Reports of tornado damage coming in from across Minnesota

The Grant and Douglas County area was also hit by a major twister in July.

Lake Superior storm surge caused Duluth $18.4M in damage

Giant waves battered the city's shoreline, damaging public walkways and parks.

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 6.49.28 AM

Labor Day storms leave behind damage reports across Minnesota

A tornado was confirmed on radar between St. Bonifacius and Maple Plain.

Severe storms hammer Minnesota, thousands left without power

Wind gusts hit up to 70mph in parts of the state.

Screen Shot 2019-07-28 at 6.44.51 PM

Damage reported as tornadoes land north and west of Twin Cities

Two twisters were reported in the Silver Lake and Forest Lake areas.

flooding SW Minneapolis

Storms bring tornado to MN, flash flooding to Twin Cities

Numerous city streets were underwater during the evening rush hour.