NICOLLET, Minn. - The National Weather Service says at least seven tornadoes touched down as severe storms moved through south-central Minnesota on Wednesday.
A NWS preliminary investigation shows the outbreak started south of Nicollet around 4:45 p.m. The EF-0 twister was on the ground for 1.5 miles and caused mainly tree damage, but did hit a farmstead and damaged a garage and grove of trees.
A second EF-0 tornado formed a few minutes later and lifted north. This caused mainly crop and tree damage and was on the ground for a half-mile.
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A third tornado formed in northern Nicollet County at approximately 5:35 p.m. The strongest tornado of the day, an EF-1, formed near Gaylord and lifted into Sibley County. The multi-vortex tornado hit a farmstead causing significant tree and building damage. It was on the ground for more than three miles.
Two EF-0 tornados formed in the area of Winthrop. One at 6:26 p.m. and another at 6:33 p.m. Both were on the ground for less than 100 yards. They flattened corn in the area.
Around 7:05 p.m., an EF-0 tornado formed two miles south of New Prague. It moved across the far southwest part of town causing minor tree damage. It was on the ground for a half mile.
Lastly, an EF-0 tornado formed on the south side of Lester Prairie shortly after 8 p.m. It was on the ground for about 30 yards and uprooted some trees.
No injuries were reported in the outbreak.