Four More Tornadoes Confirmed in Southeastern Minnesota
La Crosse, MN (KROC-AM News) - Prior to last Wednesday, there had never been a tornado in Minnesota's recorded history during the month of December. As of today, the National Weather Service has confirmed 13 tornadoes from the historic Derecho storm that raced across the state Wednesday evening.
Four tornadoes in southeastern Minnesota were added to the confirmed list today. All of them were rated as EF-1 tornadoes and mainly caused damage to trees and farm outbuildings as they moved through mostly rural areas. One of the tornadoes struck just south of Winona and traveled through the town of Homer before hitting an island about halfway across the Mississippi River.
The National Weather Service also confirmed two more tornadoes in Fillmore County. One was reported just south of Rushford and the other was a couple of miles east of the city. Two other tornadoes were previously confirmed in western Fillmore County.
The fourth addition to the list was in northern Houston County. The National Weather Service says it was on the ground for about 7 1/2 miles traveling to the northeast from just east of Houston through Money Creek and ending near the Winona-Houston County line.
10 of the confirmed tornadoes occurred in southeastern Minnesota. The other three were confirmed in Freeborn County near Alden and in Hartland, where there was heavy damage from an EF-2 tornado.