NWS: Minneapolis and 3 other tornadoes confirmed

The NWS survey team from the Twin Cities office has confirmed what looks like 4 tornadoes Wednesday.

The report says the first tornado touched down near East 53rd and Park Avenues in Minneapolis, did the most damage around Portland and 44th street, then damaged the area near the Minneapolis Convention Center. No word from NWS on intensity yet, but I would estimate winds between 80 and 100 mph with EF0 to EF1 damage.

Other tornado damage is confirmed in Cottage Grove, Hudson and in Brown and Blue Earth Counties where minor crop damage was observed. There is still no word on what caused the damage in North Branch.

Forecast: Summer returns this weekend.

The pesky and drizmal low pressure system will pull out of the area tomorrow. Look for plenty of sunshine and a return to summer like temperatures over the weekend.

Enjoy! We’ve earned it.


  • Jacob


    Is there an online resource that shows rain totals for the last week or so? All this great rain we have been getting should be helping the farmers recover from the dry summer.

    Since my rain gauge is still somewhere in the garden shed, I’m curious how much we got over the last few days.