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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
249 PM CDT Sun Mar 19 2017

...NWS damage survey for the March 06, 2017 Bricelyn/
Faribault County tornado...

An NWS damage survey conducted March 17 confirmed an EF1 tornado
that occurred in Faribault County during the early evening of March
6, 2017. The tornado touched down about 0.5 miles northwest of
Bricelyn, Minnesota at 5:04 PM CST and traveled northeast for 9.6
miles, lifting shortly after crossing Interstate 90 about 5.5 miles
SW of Wells, MN at 5:15 PM CST. The tornado moved through rural
areas of Faribault County mainly producing EF0 damage along its
track, with a few areas reaching marginal EF1 strength. The most
concentrated area of damage was at Pihls county park on Rice Lake
where numerous trees fell on camper homes and one camper was lifted
and thrown 20 feet.

This tornado occurred roughly 30 minutes before the Clarks Grove
& Zimmerman tornadoes, making it the earliest in the year a tornado
has occurred on record for the state of Minnesota. The NWS did
not receive reports of damage until the evening of March 10 and
subsequent heavy snow across the area did not allow for a damage
survey to be undertaken until the snow melted.

The National Weather Service of Chanhassen, MN would like to thank
spotters, storm chasers, emergency management,local media, and the
operators of Wells Campground for reports and assistance provided
during the storms and while conducting the survey.

.Bricelyn/Faribault County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    90 mph
Path length /Statute/:  9.6 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             03_06_2017
Start time:             5:04 PM CST
Start location:         0.5 miles northwest of Bricelyn, MN

End date:               03_06_2017
End time:               5:15 PM CST
End location:           5.5 miles south of Wells, MN

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.


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