CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- The National Weather Service saystwo weak tornadoescaused the storm damage in Dakota County late Saturday night.
The first tornado, rated an EF0, spun up just northeast of the intersection of County Road 5 and McAndrews Road just before 11 p.m. in Burnsville. The tornado tracked northeast and dissipated near the intersection of Highway 11 and the Burnsville Parkway. Maximum wind speeds were 80 mph.
The second tornado, also rated an EF0, touched down just after 11 p.m. near Skyline Drive east of Highway 13. It tracked north-northeast to the Lost Spur Golf Coursein Eagan. Winds were estimated at 75 mph.
The tornadoes downed numerous trees and power lines. Some homes were damaged by the falling trees. No injuries were reported.
Bill Borghoff with the National Weather Service, said no warnings were issued because the tornadoes spun up so quickly. Also, radar did not show enough activity to trigger a warning and no spotters reported seeing a tornado.
November tornadoes are rare, but not unheard of according to Borghoff. The last time a tornado happened late in the season was November 16,1931.
As of 7 p.m. Sunday night, just 276 Xcel Energy customers remained without power. At the height of the storm,around 12,000 customers lost electricity.