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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
618 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017


.UPDATE...Added Beltrami Tornado

Below is preliminary information for the storm damage near
Beltrami, MN in Polk County and Litchville, ND in Barnes County.
This information will be updated as more data become available.

.Beltrami, MN Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.40 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Sep 19 2017
Start time:             757 PM CDT
Start location:         SW edge of Beltrami
Start Lat/Lon:          47.5452/-96.5300

End date:               Sep 19 2017
End time:               800 PM CDT
End location: NNE edge of Beltrami
End_lat/lon: 47.5401_/-96.5337

Damage from this tornado included several snapped trees on the
southwest side of town as well as damage to a garage and a metal
storage building storing farm equipment on the north-northeast
edge of town. The metal storage building was completed removed
and debris was scattered in a nearby field.

Also, a brief touchdown occurred 2 mi south of Beltrami at 752 PM
CDT. This was also an EF-1 rating with a peak wind speed estimate
of 95 mph.

.Litchville Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    Up to 110 mph
Path Length:            1 Mile
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Sept 19 2017
Start time:
Start location:         1 ENE Litchville ND / Barnes Co.
Start Lat/Lon:

End date:               Sept 19 2017
End time:
End location:           2 ENE Litchville ND / Barnes Co.

This tornado tracked eastward and snapped and uprooted several
spruce trees. Also, roofing material and a door of a shed was

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 events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.


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