Authorities confirm one death from a tornado in Otter Tail County, MN

Authorities confirm one death from a tornado in Otter Tail County, MN

In this image provided by Kathy Long VanVoorhis, a large tree rests on top of a auto, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Fergus Falls, Minn., following a severe storm the day before.

At least one powerful tornado damaged farms, left one person dead and two others injured in western Minnesota as severe storms moved across parts of the Midwest, authorities said.

A National Weather Service survey crew toured the area to determine the strength of the tornadoes. The tornado ripped a path about 9 miles (14 kilometers) long northeastward through a rural area, with a maximum width of 650 yards (594 meters).

The two tornadoes touched down in the area between 5:10 and 5:30pm local time though several twisters were reported across Minnesota following a bout of high heat and humidity.

Severe thunderstorms whip through Otter Tail Co. MN Wednesday. The people in this home escaped safely
Severe thunderstorms whip through Otter Tail Co. MN Wednesday. The people in this home escaped safely

"We went outside and assessed our damage and decided there wasn't much we could do, and went to the basement".

A National Weather Service staffer is at the scene checking the tornado aftermath, but the tornado is believed to be at least in the EF-3 category, with winds of 136-165 miles per hour.

These tornadoes were just two of several storms reported across central and northern Minnesota this week.

At least 10 properties were damaged, Gust said.

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