Vicious Line of Thunderstorms Rips Through Midwest
A torrential line of thunderstorms moved through the Dakotas and upper Midwest on Monday morning, leading to several reports of hurricane-force wind gusts and a few tornadoes, as well.
A 122 mile-per-hour wind gust was reported in Hayes, South Dakota at 2:31am CDT from those storms. According to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), 89 reports of wind damage across Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan had been filed as of 2:45pm CDT.
The storms, however, are not over; another line of storms is developing along a cold front in eastern Iowa and it’s expected to push east during the evening and overnight hours. Cities at risk of damaging straight-line winds, hail as well as a few isolated tornadoes include Chicago, Illinois (likely here between 8pm and midnight); Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio.
A tornado in Portland, Michigan trapped three people inside a Goodwill store, but they were rescued injury-free, WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids reported on Monday afternoon. Another brief tornado early Monday morning touched down in Mahnomen County, Minnesota, traveling 400 yards before lifting after causing minor damage near the Shooting Star Casino. The tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service’s Grand Forks, North Dakota office on Monday afternoon as an EF-1 with maximum winds near 95 MPH.
Stay with WeatherNation for all the latest on this potentially destructive line of storms.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi