Severe weather hits northern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) – Several reported tornadoes, hail, heavy rain and widespread damage was reported across northern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota Tuesday evening.

Around 11 p.m. there was two observed tornadoes, one was reported near Lime Springs, IA and the other near Spring Valley, MN.

Dozens of warnings and watches were in effect until late in the evening, producing strong winds and heavy rain and hail.

Wind gusts topped 70 miles per hour in some locations while a tornado was confirmed on the ground near Kanawha.

The Mower County Sheriff’s office reported localized flooding and downed power lines on Hwy 56 by Taopi.

Austin police chief David McKichan said some large trees had been sheared off or pushed over in the area of 6th St. NW, between 8th and 13th Ave. NW.

He said overnight staff in Austin also said a camper had been "imploded" Tuesday night.

Reports indicate the tornado was reported around 6 p.m. near Palmer, Iowa.

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