Tornado rips through southwest Minnesota unexpectedly Thursday afternoon - Bring Me The News

Tornado rips through southwest Minnesota unexpectedly Thursday afternoon

Severe storms were not anticipated on Thursday.
Author:
Publish date:

Tornadoes were not part of Thursday's forecast anywhere in Minnesota, but a supercell storm that developed during the afternooon wound up producing a rather impressive twister in southwest areas of the state. 

The supercell exploded over Lyon County near Marshall and then moved east/southeast, spawning the impressive tornado near Hwy. 71 just south of Redwood Falls and north of Wabasso. 

It's unclear how long the twister stayed on the ground, or just how strong it was. 

You can see more photos and videos of the tornado on the Facebook page for Redwood Falls Area Weather Enthusiasts

The storm went on to produce significant damage to a turkey barn just outside the City of St. James in Watonwan County, where a wind gust of 78 mph and golf ball-sized hail was reported. 

What's peculiar is that severe storms were not in Thursday's forecast for anywhere in Minnesota. Thunderstorms were expected, but the National Weather Service never indicated any chance of a storm blowing up like the rogue cell did. 

In fact, the NWS Twin Cities tweeted a simulated radar animation that showed a weak line of heavy rain with occasional thunder and lightning moving through Minnesota, just as it did, but the models never picked up on the monster of a storm developing behind the line. 

It's expected that a damage survey team from the NWS will be out in Redwood and Watonwan counties on Friday to determine the strength of the tornado. 

There's a slim chance for storms to reach severe levels again on Friday. More details in the Weather MN blog

Next Up

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.

ambulance

Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.

Associate wearing PPE 2

Amazon looking to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Minnesota

The retail giant is hiring 100,000 nationwide.

Blueberry-arial

9 kids accused of damaging Minnesota golf course

The full extent of the damage won't be known until spring.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 9.36.14 AM

Ordway to host 3 virtual holiday shows this season

'A (Virtual) Christmas with The Griswolds,' 'Hip Hop Nutcracker' and 'A virtually Celtic Christmas' will be streamed live for those who buy tickets.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 6.30.30 AM

Officials confirm 3 tornadoes struck on Thursday

Tornadoes touched down in Redwood, Brown and Watonwan counties.

tornado damage

New details on suspected tornadoes that ripped through Minnesota

Bone Lake in Minnesota and Bone Lake in Wisconsin were hit hard.

Storms redevelop this afternoon, tornadoes possible

Southeast Minnesota could be in line for some severe storms.

Confirmed 'large and dangerous tornado' hits southeast Minnesota

Small hail and gusty winds were originally forecast as possibilities, but not tornadoes.

Severe storms, tornadoes possible in southeast MN

Strong winds, hail and tornadoes are threats in addition to flooding.

Screen Shot 2019-06-07 at 9.08.36 AM

Tornado touched down in Rochester, damage survey confirms

With winds up to 107 mph, it was a strong EF-1 tornado.

There were up to 10 tornadoes in Thursday's outbreak

The original belief was that there were 5-6 tornadoes.