Duluth NWS confirms third tornado from Memorial Day storms

Monday, May 30th featured severe thunderstorm activity across much Minnesota with several tornadoes. The Duluth National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes in the Northland. All were EF-1 tornadoes, and none were attributed to any fatalities or injuries.

The latest addition to the list was a tornado in Hinckley with a path of 3.3 miles crossing I-35. The tornado is estimated to have occurred from 7:50 to 7:54 p.m. with peak winds of 95 mph and a maximum width of 300 yards.

The tornado caused mainly tree damage with at least one home losing some roof shingles and a fast food restaurant receiving damage. The NWS credits the Pine County Sheriff’s Department for sharing drone imagery that contributed to the damage assessment.

The two other tornadoes previously confirmed were in Deer River in Itasca County and Poplar Township in Cass County. The Deer River tornado was estimated to have a path of 2.5 miles with maximum width of 150 yards and peak winds of 107 mph. The Poplar township tornado was estimated to have a path of 4.3 miles with a maximum width of 500 yards and peak winds of 105 mph.

The NWS says the information is pending final review of the events and is subject to change.