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NOUS43 KMPX 132134

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
434 PM CDT WED JUL 13 2016


.Litchfield tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    115 mph
Path length /Statute/:  3.2 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             07/11/2016
Start time:             525 PM CDT
Start location:         1 WSW Litchfield
Start Lat/Lon:          45.12372/-94.54568

End date:               07/11/2016
End time:               532 PM CDT
End location:           2 NNE Litchfield
End_lat/lon:            45.15605/-94.50455

This was a narrow tornado. Most of the damage was to trees, though
three single family received significant roof damage while a double
wide manufactured home was flipped and rolled.

.Watkins tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    125 mph
Path length /Statute/:  3.4 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start date:             07/11/2016
Start time:             552 PM CDT
Start location:         2 SSW Watkins
Start Lat/Lon:          45.28268/-94.42544

End date:               07/11/2016
End time:               556 PM CDT
End location:           1 NNE Watkins
End_lat/lon:            45.32791/-94.40394

The first significant damage was to a business along Highway 55
on the south side of town. The tornado then tracked across the
highway and passed through the St. Anthony Cemetery before passing
through the center of Watkins doing damage to structures and many
trees. The most significant damage occurred between Stearns Ave and
Meeker Ave where several homes had significant roof damage and had
detached sheds and garages destroyed. The tornado exited the town
and did further tree damage at a farmstead outside of town before
lifting shortly thereafter.

.Stearns county tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  4.2 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             7/11/2016
Start time:             558 PM CDT
Start location:         2 NNE Watkins
Start Lat/Lon:          45.33768/-94.40109

End date:               7/11/2016
End time:               604 PM CDT
End location:           5 SE Cold Spring
End_lat/lon:            45.39251/-94.37062

This tornado was spawned by the same storm that brought the tornado
through Watkins. Multiple chaser videos showed the Watkins tornado
lifted off the ground as it became occluded, with this tornadoes
touchdown point made visible by the presence of corn laid down in the
field south of the first homestead hit.  This was about two-thirds of
mile NNE of where the Watkins tornado lifted. At the first farmstead
hit, two open air cattle sheds where completely destroyed, along with
a metal storage shed and two mostly empty grain bins. There were two
cattle killed at this location as well. This storm destroyed more
outbuildings at a farmstead along 160th street, with the rest of the
damage along the path of the tornado being corn laid flat and tree damage.

.Chippewa Falls tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    75 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.4 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             7/12/2016
Start time:             100 AM CDT
Start location:         4 NNE Chippewa Falls
Start Lat/Lon:          44.99789/-91.36650

End date:               7/12/2016
End time:               102 AM CDT
End location:           4 NNE Chippewa Falls

Brief tornado touched down at O`Neil Creek Campground where
extensive tree damage occurred with minor siding damage
to a home nearby.

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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