Building, fields damaged as tornado touches down near St. James


A building and several fields were damaged after a tornado reportedly touched down in southern Minnesota Friday evening.

The Watonwan County Sheriff's Office told WCCO that a building owned by Civil Age Group in Long Lake Township had "sustained extensive damage, while several corn and soybean fields in the area were destroyed.

Images of the tornado were captured by witnesses Jason Malmgren and Andrew Ekstrom, and were posted on

"> Twitter by KEYC meteorologist Mark Tarello, after it appeared about 10 miles southwest of St. James.

Twitter user 

">Chad Kraml also spotted it forming a few miles south of St. James at around 6:30 p.m.

Last weekend, a 105mph, F-1 tornado that touched down in Carver County, west of the metro area, caused huge damage, flattening buildings and bringing trees and power lines down.

The National Weather Service says that the hot and humid weather in the Twin Cities this weekend is likely to lead to thunderstorms in the coming days, with forecasts saying storms may hit on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

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