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Video: One dead as tornadoes, severe weather hit central Minnesota

Jul 09, 2020 05:50AM ● By Editor
By Jeremiah Jacobsen of KARE 11 - July 8, 2020

One person has died and at least two others are injured after severe weather brought multiple tornado warnings to west central and northern Minnesota on Wednesday evening.

In a post on the Otter Tail County Facebook page, Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons confirmed one person had died and at least two others were taken to the hospital following the storms, but their conditions are unknown.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported at least three farmsteads were damaged near the town of Dalton in Otter Tail County, as spotters reported a tornado crossing I-94 around 5:30 p.m. NWS meteorologists reported at least one farmhouse was flattened.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was searching an "impact area" of about six to nine miles in size near Dalton, though there were no reports of any missing persons.

There were also reports of multiple trees down near the town of Ottertail.

KARE 11 viewers sent in several photos and videos of the storm in Otter Tail County. 

Abbey Lund sent photos in a message to the KARE 11 Facebook page showing incredible images of the apparent damage in the aftermath of the storm near Ashby.

Credit: Abbey Lund
Storm damage near Ashby, Minnesota. Photo furnished by Abbey Lund.

Ryan Sandberg sent photos and video of the tornado as it hit near Ashby.

Credit: Ryan Sandberg
Tornado near Ashby, Minnesota on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Furnished by Ryan Sandberg.

Rob Gale tweeted a photo to #kare11weather showing the tornado as it made its apparent touchdown south of Dalton.

KARE 11 viewer Jude Sinn also shared a photo of a tornado near Stalker Lake in Otter Tail County.

Credit: Jude Sinn
Photo of a tornado near Stalker Lake in Otter Tail County on July 8, 2020. Furnished by Jude Sinn.

Kelli Weinandt shared video of a tornado near Fergus Falls on Wednesday evening.

Additional warnings were issued as the storm pushed east, with a trained spotter reporting a tornado northwest of Pine Center in Crow Wing County around 7:30 p.m.

Video sent to the NWS Duluth office via Twitter showed a large funnel west of Garrison in Crow Wing County.

Large hail of at least one inch in diameter was also reported near Motley and Brainerd, along with large hail reports in Aitkin and Carlton counties.

The multiple storm warnings came on a day where Minnesota saw heat index values rise to the highest point of the summer so far. 

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