Tornado touchdowns reported across Twin Cities

5:34 PM, May 22, 2011   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- The National Weather Service says a powerful storm system moving across east central Minnesota produced at least 4 suspected tornado touchdowns from St. Louis Park to Forest Lake.

As of 3:30 p.m. the twister was moving east along State Highway 8, having touched down near Forest Lake. Shawn Augustine send an amazing video clip of a tornado he saw around 3:15 p.m.. There were reports the twister was on the ground moving towards Lindstrom.

The system spawned a suspected twister that touched down near Highway 100 and I-694. A second reported touchdown occured in St. Louis Park around 2:15 p.m.. The third was in north Minneapolis near 29th and Logan around 2:29 p.m..

In north Minneapolis and St. Louis Park large trees are down everywhere, and homes and businesses are damaged. It's not yet known if that damage was actually caused by tornados or by high winds accompanying the storm.

At 2:45 p.m., local law enforcement reported damage at the Anoka County Airport associated with this tornado. This tornado was located near Blaine, or 12 miles southwest of Forest Lake moving north at 25 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall may hide this tornado.

We do encourage people to seek safety. Get to basements and away from windows.

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