Camp Ripley assesses damage after weak tornado strips roofs

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - Officials are assessing damage after a weak tornado stripped roofs and paneling off buildings at the Minnesota National Guard's Camp Ripley.

The tornado Wednesday night caused major damage to several buildings used for housing, training and maintenance.

No one was hurt. About 100 soldiers were in buildings that were damaged during the storm, which struck about 10:30 p.m. If the tornado had hit on the weekend, four times as many military personnel would have been at the camp for drills.



Camp Ripley spokesman, Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey, tells the St. Cloud Times many of the soldiers recently trained for a tornado, and that "Nobody panicked."

The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado packed winds of up to an estimated 90 mph.


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