FIRST FUNNEL OF 2014: Tornado damage reported near St. Leo - KMSP-TV

FIRST FUNNEL OF 2014: Tornado damage reported near St. Leo, Minn.

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Although the National Weather Service has remained mum on the tornado warnings seen in western Minnesota on Tuesday, law enforcement agencies confirm there is tornado damage near St. Leo, Minn.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office reported a tornado had touched down just outside of the small southwestern Minnesota community of an estimated 100 residents at 4:10 p.m. Brandy Wickstrom sent in the following picture of the twister to Fox 9 News.

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten confirmed that his agency fielded a 911 call reporting a tornado on the ground, and said the twister damaged "at least" three area farm sites.

According to Flaten, machine sheds, grain bins, outbuildings and residences were damaged by the tornado; however, no injuries were reported.

Several tornado warnings were declared Tuesday afternoon ahead of a major spring storm that saw blizzard conditions in North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

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Although spring tornadoes are rare, this isn't the first time a twister has touched down in Minnesota before April's arrival. One of the most notable years was 1998, when 14 tornadoes struck on March 29, leaving a wake of devastation in St. Peter, Minn., and killing two people.


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