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NWS Says EF-1 Tornado Hit Forest Lake Area Wednesday

Garage destroyed in Columbus, Minnesota Garage destroyed in Columbus, Minnesota |  Photo: Viewer photo submitted to KSTP-TV

Theresa Malloy, KSTP-TV
July 18, 2017 10:10 AM

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FOREST LAKE, Minn - After surveying reported damage from Wednesday's early morning storms, the National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado ripped through the area.

The tornado traveled through the Columbus and Forest Lake area, reaching estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour, traveling 8.8 miles. Its path width reached a maximum of 300 yards, NWS said in its preliminary report.

The tornado was on the ground for approximately eight minutes, starting at 2:28 a.m.

The thunderstorms started with "damaging straight line winds," traveling through Anoka and northern Washington counties to northwest St. Croix and southwest Polk counties in Wisconsin, NWS said.

"Within the broad swath of damaging winds, a concentrated path of stronger damage was found in the Forest Lake area that was determined to be associated with a tornado," NWS reports.


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