Suspected tornadoes cause severe damage in southern Minnesota

Suspected tornadoes cause severe damage in southern Minnesota
Severe Storms, Flooding Cause Damage In Southern Minnesota
Brad Nelson, who posted this video on YouTube, was only about a mile south of the Faribault airport Thursday evening in southern Minnesota when a likely tornado came through.

Over at the airport, things are bleak. An airplane hangar is no match for a tornado; they’re just a few steel beams and a bunch of tin.

3 tornadoes confirmed from storm that hit southern Minn.

About 60 aircraft are based at the airport. The main business at the airport — the fixed based operator — was wiped out.

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The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that tornadoes touched down in Cannon Falls, a community about 30 miles south of the Twin Cities, Granada, a small town just north of the Iowa border, the Waterville/Lake Elysian area, and Morristown, a community just west of Faribault.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Strong storms pushed through Minnesota Thursday night, causing extensive damage to some communities and leaving hundreds without power.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Several communities are cleaning up after powerful winds, heavy rains and at least four tornadoes tore through southern Minnesota Thursday night, leaving more than 70,000 people without power and some schools closed.

Flash flooding was another the problem, with many metro roads and freeways looking more like rivers at times. Before the evening’s severe weather, the Twin Cities already got a record amount of rain for Sept. 20.

Communities such as Northfield, Waterville, Dundas and Faribault were hit hard by storms — with Faribault Municipal Airport taking a major blow. Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst says the airport, located on the northwest edge of town, is the hardest hit area in the city.

Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThe 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.

Faribault Municipal Airport damaged in storm

Sheet metal from hangers, steel cables, power lines, insulation and all types of debris is scattered across Highway 21 next to the airport. Several airplanes were also toppled and tossed. No one was hurt.

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.

A semi-truck was also toppled as it passed the airport on Hwy. 21. The driver, who was also unharmed, said the wind tipped the semi on its side, then spun the tail of the trailer around. It ended up covering the width of the westbound lane.

Multiple reported tornado touchdowns in southern Minnesota

“Had everybody at the station, Thursday night is training night,” he said. “We knew this was coming in. Worked out pretty well. We were able to start chasing calls as they came in.”

FARIBAULT, Minn. (KMSP) – A storm Thursday brought heavy winds across southern Minnesota and caused damage at the Faribault Municipal Airport.

The chief said the immediate priority after the storm was to get Xcel Energy crews there to fix a gas leak. They are also trying to secure the area because airplane owners are trying to check on their hangars and planes, but it is too dangerous to walk around the airport grounds because of the debris.

Cannon Falls Schools will be closed Friday. The district’s superintendent says there are a lot of downed power lines and impassable roads, so classes are canceled.

“We have significant structural damage reported in Shieldsville, Wells, Cannon City and Northfield townships. A number of homes and outbuildings have been severely damaged or destroyed, as well as a loss of livestock,” Rice County officials said in a news release Friday morning. “We are continuing to assess the damages and ask that our citizens as well as the general public refrain from driving or walking in the storm-ravaged areas. As the clean-up process begins, many of these areas remain unsafe due to debris.”

Faribault and Northfield public schools will be delayed two hours Friday. More school districts may also cancel classes.

“The Faribault airport took a very severe hit and there are reports in the city of Faribault as well of damage to some residences, where trees came through roofs and sides of buildings,” Dunn said. “We have a trailer park near Roberts Lake (where) theres trees down around it and damage but were fortunate that none of them were demolished. And then theres some pretty significant damage up by Northfield as well where barns and pole sheds were completely knocked down and moved.”

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