July 11th Weather Flashback: Tornado Rips Through MN

On this day in weather history:

WILLMAR, Minn.
The most active tornado day in 2008 in Minnesota was July 11, six years ago today. There were nine tornadoes reported, the strongest of which was an E-F3 tornado just south of Willmar in Kandiohi County. There were two injuries with this tornado. Videos are shown below!

From the National Weather Service:
Regardind the Tornado near Willmer, in 2008:

A DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS COMPLETED ITS INSPECTION OF THE TORNADO
DAMAGE FROM FRIDAYS STORM SOUTH OF WILLMAR...AND THE TORNADO WILL BE
RATED AS A LOW END EF-3. AN EF-3 TORNADO CORRELATES WITH WINDS OF
136 TO 165 MPH...AND THIS PARTICULAR TORNADO IS MOST LIKELY IN THE
RANGE OF 136 TO 150 MPH. THE EF SCALE REFERS TO THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT FIVE TO SIX MILES SOUTHWEST OF
DOWNTOWN WILLMAR. MORE SPECIFICALLY...ONE HALF MILE NORTH OF
PRIAM...ALONG COUNTY ROAD 116...HITTING A TURKEY BARN. THE TORNADO
TRAVELED EAST...CROSSING HIGHWAY 71 NEAR 45TH AVENUE OR COUNTY ROAD
19...OR ABOUT TWO AND ONE HALF MILES SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN WILLMAR. IT
CONTINUED MOVING EASTWARD...ALONG AND JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 19.
THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE TOOK PLACE ONE AND ONE HALF MILES EAST OF
HIGHWAY 71 AND ONE THIRD MILE NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 19.

THE TORNADO DISSIPATED FOUR MILES SOUTHEAST OF WILLMAR....TWO AND
ONE HALF MILES EAST OF HIGHWAY 71 AND ONE HALF MILE NORTH OF COUNTY
ROAD 19.

TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS EIGHT MILES...AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 200
YARDS.

TWO MINOR INJURIES OCCURRED AT A TURKEY BARN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 19
AND JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 71. THERE WERE NO FATALITIES ASSOCIATED
WITH THE TORNADO.
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Here is another amazing video of the Tornado, this one from Matthew Nelson.


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