Severe storms that exploded Tuesday afternoon in southern Minnesota wound up producing three reports of tornadoes and hail up to three inches in diameter, in addition to other reports of smaller hail and fierce winds.
According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado touched down northeast of Garden City – about 14 miles southwest of Mankato – at 5:07 p.m., with multiple people reporting it via 911 calls.
A second tornado was spotter-confirmed at 5:27 p.m. approximately 5 miles north of Mapleton, with the third report of a tornado on the ground coming at 5:45 p.m. about 4 miles west of Waldorf.
Other storm reports taken in by the National Weather Service:
- Church steeple blown over 3 miles east/northeast of New Richland.
- 2.5-inch diameter hail near Garden City.
- Semi blown over on County Road 2 about 6 miles north of Myrtle.
- 61 mph wind gust in Albert Lea.
- 63 mph wind gust in Waldorf.
- Downed trees lying across the road near Pemberton.
- 2-inch diameter hail near Lake Crystal.
"Radar indicated hail larger than baseballs in a narrow swath across Blue Earth County," said the National Weather Service.
Additionally, meteorologist Chris Kuball tweeted a photo of a barn that was blown over near Corning, Minnesota.
A separate cluster of storms produced gusty winds, heavy rain and isolated small hail in parts of the Twin Cities metro area, while another cluster of severe storms knocked out power in and around La Crosse.
The next chance for severe storms in Minnesota comes Thursday, with the Storm Prediction Center focusing on the potential for another round of intense storms on southwest Minnesota and further west into South Dakota.
Beyond that, the SPC is also looking ahead to what could be a very stormy weekend in the Dakotas and Minnesota, as it has already issued a 15% severe risk for Sunday, which is five days away.