Tornado touches down near Park Rapids, volatile weather expected in northwest Minnesota
A tornado damaged at least one mobile home and tore roofs from other structures Friday morning near the town of Emmaville in Hubbard County, Minn., according to Linda Eischens of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
She said a funnel cloud was sighted in the county about 9:15 a.m. and the tornado touched down sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m.Officers were in the area checking on the damage but as of 11 a.m. there had been no reports of injuries, Eischens said.
A tornado warning was in effect until 11 a.m. this morning for south central Hubbard County and northeastern Wadena County in Minnesota.
At 10:38 a.m. radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado three miles west of Badoura, Minn., or 43 miles south of Bemidji, according to the National Weather Service.
It was moving to the north at 31 mph and was expected to reach Nevis at 11 a.m.
Meanwhile, a tornado watch remains in effect for all of northwestern Minnesota, including Clay and Becker counties, until 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service advises that anyone in the path of a tornado abandon mobile homes and cars and take shelter in a sturdy building.
Overnight, more than an inch of rain fell in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but there were no reports of hail.
In South Dakota, tornados touching down near Baltic, Dell Rapids and in Charles Mix County caused some damage. The storm near Baltic on Thursday had winds of up to 115 mph, the National Weather Service said.
A reported 1.11 inches fell at Fargo's Hector International Airport. Moorhead received 1.25 inches, said meteorologist Dave Kellenbenz.
More rain was reported east of the metro area with Ada, Minn., receiving 1.88 inches and Rothsay, Minn., receiving 2.08 inches. Wahpeton, N.D., received 2.5 inches, Kellenbenz said.
"It's all transitioning to the north," Kellenbenz said.
Heavy rains in South Dakota caused flooding in many areas across the state.
Some power lines were torn down, but there were no reports of injuries.