NWS Confirms Earliest Recorded Tornadoes in Minnesota History

Forecasters say a tornado near Zimmerman hit around 6:15 Monday evening and damaged buildings and took down trees and power lines

Damage in Zimmerman, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Fox 9 KMSP

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. — The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes caused extensive damage to communities north and south of the Twin Cities.

They are the earliest tornadoes recorded in Minnesota history.

Forecasters say a tornado near Zimmerman hit around 6:15 Monday evening and damaged buildings and took down trees and power lines.

The community is about 35 miles north of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Another survey team also inspected damage in Clarks Grove about 15 miles north of Albert Lea in southern Minnesota.

They determined that it was a tornado that touched down and caused extensive damage.

“I was in the kitchen, I was looking out my sliding glass door ’cause I liked storms…up until this night,” said Jeanette Schmiemo, whose property was hit by the storm. “I thought they were cool to watch. I don’t think that anymore.”

She says it sounded just like everyone else says: like a freight train coming through your house.

Luckily, none of the trees fell on her house and her animals are okay.

Previously, the earliest tornado ever reported in Minnesota happened on March 18, 1968 in Truman.

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