MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The National Weather Service says storm damage surveys indicate that at least two tornadoes touched down late Tuesday night in southeastern Minnesota near the Iowa border.
The first confirmed tornado struck Spring Valley in Fillmore County just after 10 p.m. The EF-1 tornado, which had a peak wind speed of 100 mph, damaged some farm buildings and uprooted several trees. There were no reported injuries.
The second, and strongest confirmed tornado of the night — with an EF-2 rating — hit the town of Taopi in Mower County, making contact between 10:40 p.m, and 10:50 p.m. Two people were hurt, and some homes and farms were destroyed. It had a peak wind speeds of 132 mph.
An EF 2 tornado hit Taopi, MN last night. Damage surveys are ongoing across SE MN today. You can get the updated information here: https://t.co/MZWU2WRHCo
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The strongest storms Tuesday night occurred near the Minnesota/Iowa border, with storms weakening overnight as they moved into Wisconsin, the NWS reported Wednesday morning.
Faribault also experienced strong wind damage, with roof shingles being ripped off, tipped power poles and uprooted trees. Tuesday afternoon, nine semis were blown over by the wind on Interstate 35 near Faribault, stopping traffic for a while.
Wednesday was quiet and cool following the severe storms. In far northwestern Minnesota, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are still in effect until Thursday.
It will stay windy and cool through the Easter weekend.