This Day in Weather History...Parkers Prairie, MN F3 Tornado

On June 14, 2001 around 6:53 p.m, Parkers Prairie, MN was struck by an F3 tornado. The tornado caused quite a bit of damage along its path across southeast Otter Tail county before it crossed into Todd county. At one farmstead, nine people huddled inside a house with no basement as its roof was torn off. Nobody was injured, but another trailer home nearby was completely destroyed. Many irrigation systems were overturned, trees, power poles, and lines were snapped, and grain bins destroyed by the tornado. An estimated 100 poles were broken off leaving nearly 1,100 people without power. At another farm, a 40x80 foot pole barn was wrecked. About six miles northeast of Parkers Prairie, a man and his two kids rode out the storm in their minivan inside a quonset. Trees all around them and the quonset were crumpled by the wind, yet they survived. Another farmstead lost a house, trailer home, and two silos. A turkey barn containing 12,000 turkeys was also hit, with an estimated 60 percent of the turkeys perishing.  There was nearly 50 minutes of leadtime for the tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. 

Below are some damage pictures from the NWS damage survey.

House Damaged

 

Trailer demolished

 

Inside house damage



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