Several rounds of severe weather affected eastern North Dakota and the northwest quarter of Minnesota on Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms moved along the North Dakota/South Dakota border before sunrise, affecting portions of southeast North Dakota. Then strong winds developed in what is known as a “Wake Low,” over the central and northern Red River Valley into portions of northwest Minnesota during the late morning and early afternoon.
This produced very strong wind gusts in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area, which resulted in tremendous damage to trees, fences, signs, light poles, etc. Finally, in the late afternoon and evening, another round of severe thunderstorms fired up, mainly affecting southeast North Dakota into west central Minnesota. These storms started out producing large hail and a few funnel clouds, then transitioned to bow echoes and 60 to 70 mph winds. These strong winds hit the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as the Fergus Falls, Minnesota area.
Officials say the tornado that touched down in western Minnesota Tuesday evening caused no damage or injuries, but straight-line winds later in the night damaged farms and homes. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says the twister touched down around 7 p.m. near Long Lake, east of Morris, and traveled north, crossing Highway 28 before dissipating.
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