Tornado, Severe Storm Tears Through Southeast Minnesota

May 19, 2017 09:17 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Severe weather ripped through the southeast Minnesota region Wednesday, causing extensive damage. 

Becky Sanderson sent ABC 6 News a video of a tornado in Plainview, Minnesota, which caused damage across town.


People in the area told ABC 6 News that the tornado and storm came out of nowhere. It caused damage to homes near highway 42, as well as some buildings. A local baseball field and batting cages were ripped apart.

One woman said she heard no warning of a tornado in town.

"There was no sirens, no warnings, no nothing. Even the cell phones did not bring a warning across so it must have been a fast cell that came through town,” Mary Sheehan from Plainview said.

The Wabasha County Emergency Management director said they are still assessing exactly what happened but as far as they can tell the tornado dropped from the sky without warning.

"Little tornado came through, it blew the roof off part of a building over here, blew as bunch of stuff in my yard and luckily my house didn't get damaged," Keith Campbell from Plainview said.

Several hundred people were without power for a while, but the lights were back on for most of them later in the evening. As of Wednesday night, Right now the cleaning process has started.

So far ABC 6 News has not heard any reports of injuries from the storm.

There was also extensive throughout southeastern Minnesota.

Power lines were knocked down about half a mile south of Grand Meadow, Minnesota.  

There was similar damage in Adams, Minnesota. The fire department said about 20 power lines were down along highway 56 towards Rose Creek, knocking out power.

In Rochester, Minnesota a stoplight at Broadway Avenue and 14th Street Southwest was completely spun around by the wind.

Rochester Power and Utilities said power has been restored to several thousand homes.


Elise Romas

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