Death toll climbs in Hugo

A second person has died as the result of the tornado in Hugo.

Sgt. Wayne Johnson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says a woman in her 50s or 60s was cleaning up the remains of her house yesterday when “she walked out into the yard and called for help twice, and then just sat down and just fell backwards. So she was unconscious and not breathing at that time.”

If that is considered by authorities as a storm casualty (I would so characterize it), it makes the tornado the first tornado in Minnesota since 1993, when two people were killed in a Littlefork tornado.

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