Tornado Impacts in Wadena and Hubbard Counties – June 6, 2008

National Weather Service aerial and ground surveys conducted on June 6 and 7, in combination with MN Department of Natural Resources aerial surveys, have identified three distinct tornado tracks from the June 6 storms.  The two longest tracks extend in a nearly continuous path from the south edge of Stocking Lake, about 1 mile east of Menahga, through the east edge of Park Rapids, to about 1 mile northwest of Emmaville.  A third small track was detected by the DNR in southeast Hubbard County, about 4.5 miles south of Chamberlain.


Tornado track map

Tornado 1. 1E Menahga through 3NE Park Rapids, rated EF2.

a. This tornado touched down near the south edge of Stocking Lake around 9:14 am cdt, and crossed to the northwest end, growing to a width of around 150 yards, and toppling numerous large trees onto cabins, vehicles, and smaller storage sheds. It also toppled a center pivot irrigation system in a field north of Stocking Lake. View photo (photo courtesy of Connie Klecher) here...

b. The tornado continued in a nearly northward path through the Jennie-O turkey farm which straddles the Wadena and Hubbard County line, and expanded to it’s maximum width of 450 yards, with peak winds estimated to 130 mph. Eight turkey barns were completely destroyed and an estimated 15 to 20 thousand turkeys were killed. A small home located on the north end of the farm, in Hubbard County, was swept from its slab foundation and destroyed. Yellow polystyrene insulation from the turkey barns was spread as far as Lake George, 30 miles to the north. View photos here..., here..., and here...

c. The tornado continued north by northeast, producing a broad path of flattened trees, with many areas showing a spiral or interlacing pattern in the downed timber, before crossing the central portion of Hinds Lake. View photo here...

d. After crossing Hinds Lake, the tornado continued to flatten trees and produce localized roof damage at residences along it’s path. A center pivot irrigation section was toppled and the pipes splayed out in section 13 of Straight River Twsp, south of Hwy 87. The aerial view of this field also showed cycloidal marks produced by the tornado suction vortex as it crossed from south to north. View photo here...

e-f. The tornado tracked north-northeast along an area between Long Lake and Park Rapids, and appears to have decreased in intensity, leaving lesser amounts of downed timber as it crossed Hwy 34, near its intersection with CR4, about 2 miles east of central Park Rapids. Law Enforcement reports indicate that some vehicles were either driven or nudged off the road by the storm, but no serious injuries were sustained. The tornado appears to have lifted for a brief period about a mile north of this intersection, by 9:34 am cdt. View photo (photo courtesy of Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise) here...

Tornado 2. 5NNE Park Rapids through 1NW Emmaville, rated EF3.

g. The parent storm developed a second tornado around 9:37 am cdt, which had intermittent ground contact just east of CR4, beginning east of the intersection of CR4 and CR18, about 5 miles north-northeast of Park Rapids. The tornado likely brushed the west end of Big Sand Lake before it curved slightly west of north, and crossed CR4, just north east of Blue Lake. View photo here...

h. The tornado grew wider and intensified as it approached Pickerel Lake form the south. As it crossed the Point on Pickerel Lake, it reached it’s maximum width of 400 yards and peak wind speed of around 160 mph. Nearly all the trees on the Point were flattened in a variety of spiral patterns, while one trailer home, a camper, a garage, and a house were swept from their foundations and completely destroyed. View photo here..., here..., and here...

On the north end of Pickerel Lake, one home had its roof torn off, furnishings yanked out, and outer walls flexed northward by the tornado. Numerous large trees were uprooted, toppled, or snapped onto other lakeside residences and farm buildings.

i. The tornado diminished in width and intensity as it passed just west of Emmaville, but continued to topple trees, tear apart weaker storage structures, and toss debris before dissipating about 1 mile northwest of Emmaville, around 9:47am cdt. View photo (photo courtesy of Dawn Landstrom)  here...

Tornado 3. 4.5 S Chamberlain through 4SSE Chamberlain, rated EF1.

This damage was detected by MN DNR aerial survey in southeast Hubbard County. Approximately 3-4 acres of trees in section 22 of Badoura Twsp, just east of HWY 87, were flattened in an interlacing pattern. The tree damage suggested peak winds to 100 mph, with a maximum width of 30 yards for nearly one half mile, and likely occurred between 10:43 and 10:44 am cdt.


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