Thursday, June 18, 2009

More on Wednesday night's Austin Tornado

Amazing storm chasing video of the Austin, Minnesota tornado is here (thanks to Brad Nelson from DTN in the Twin Cities).

From KEYC-TV in Mankato:

Residents in Austin spent much of the day cleaning up after strong storms last night.The National Weather Service says one tornado touched down Northwest of Austin.The tornado track was 10 miles long, with winds of between 111 and 135 miles per hour.Several homes were damaged as well as businesses in town.Cars and even one truck were flipped.Downed trees and power lines blocked some streets, cutting power to much of the city.Chief Paul Phillipp says, 'The main power lines coming in from the north - if you've been out there at all, the power lines are just snapped all over the place, so quite a significant amount of devastation there."One man who rode the storm out in a shed that was rolled by the twister was slightly injured.No word yet on what the cost of the damage will be.

See more at KEYC-TV's web site here.

KTTC-TV in Austin has some great coverage on the tornado here.

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