Storms spawn tornadoes in N. Dakota, Minn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Strong storms spawned as many as seven tornadoes that touched down in southeast North Dakota and western Minnesota, including one that struck a farmhouse. No injuries were reported.
A video shot by a storm chaser showed a tornado touching down near a farmhouse in Wilkin County, Minn., and debris flying into the air as the funnel tore into the building.
The home destroyed in the video was near the tiny community of Campbell, Minn., according to a dispatcher with the Wilkin County sheriff’s office. The owner, Al Kosel, 76, and his family weren’t home, and there were no injuries, she said.
The storms started in North Dakota and moved east into Minnesota, said Tom Grafenauer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. Touchdowns were reported between 6:15 and 7 p.m. near Tyler, N.D.; Tenney, Minn.; and Fergus Falls, Minn.
“Most of this action was in Minnesota,’’ Grafenauer said.
One tornado appeared to be on the ground for 20 or 30 minutes, he said.
Dave Langenwalter told KVLY-TV in Fargo that he and his son had just gone into their basement when a tornado touched down yards from their house near Tyler, N.D. The outbuildings were flattened and his garage was gone, he said. His car was picked up and dropped several yards away. Langenwalter found it behind a grove of trees.
Gary Ruhl, Richland County chief deputy, told the television station that at any given time there were four funnel clouds in his county.