Tornadoes Strike parts of Eastern North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota

Preliminary indications are that several tornadoes have struck across northeastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota Sunday evening. The most significant tornado appears to have struck the Northwood North Dakota area, Grand Forks County, around 8:50 pm Sunday evening. Late Sunday evening rescue and recovery operations were in progress. Fire and rescue personnel from surrounding communities were assisting in these efforts. Preliminary reports indicate damage has occurred at the hospital and fire hall in Northwood, along with some residential areas.
Another tornado apparently struck 1 mile south of Florian Minnesota, in Marshall County around 8:47 pm, causing tree damage. A third tornado may have struck 8 miles north of Climax Minnesota or near Eldred Minnesota around 10:05 pm, where two pole barns were reported destroyed.
A brief tornado touchdown was reported west of Drayton North Dakota, in Walsh County earlier in the evening, around 7:45 pm. No reports of damage have been received from this event.

National Weather Service Damage Survey Teams will be visiting these locations Monday and Tuesday of this week to make damage assessments. Additional details will be made available as soon as information becomes available.

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