At least 3 tornadoes hit Minnesota

Published 10:12 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017

NICOLLET — The National Weather Service said at least three to as many as six tornadoes touched down as severe storms moved through south-central Minnesota.

According to a press release, meteorologist Jacob Beitlich said the first reported twister was on the ground around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday near Lake Crystal, about 75 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Beitlich said forecasters later received several reports of tornado touchdowns around the town of Nicollet, about 11 miles north of Lake Crystal. Tornadoes were also reported near the towns of New Sweden, Gaylord and Winthrop.

No injuries were reported, but Beitlich said some farm buildings near Nicolett were destroyed.

The weather service sent a team to survey the storm damage on Thursday.