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Public Information Statement...UPDATED
National Weather Service Duluth MN
1011 PM CDT WED JUN 22 2016

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 6/19/2016 TORNADO EVENT...

UPDATE #2

This update adds additional details regarding the tornado near
Zim and introduces a fourth tornado near Placid Lake, MN in Crow
Wing County. It also re-orders the tornadoes based on their
general location and time of occurrence.

.OVERVIEW...Several severe thunderstorms moved through the
Northland during the evening of Sunday, June 19, 2016. Hail to
the size of softballs, damaging straight-line winds, and several
tornadoes occurred. The strongest of the storms moved through
portions of northern and central Minnesota eastward into Wiscon-
sin. The largest hail reports, consistent pockets of wind damage,
and tornadoes were produced by three distinct supercell thunder-
storms.

.Tornado #1 southwest Cass County...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    65 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2.0 miles, estimated based on reports
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             JUN 19 2016
Start time:             6:13 PM CDT, estimated
Start location:         7.5 miles north of Staples, MN

End date:               JUN 19 2016
End time:               6:17 PM CDT, estimated
End Location:           8 miles east-northeast of Staples, MN

This track and information are based on radar data, spotter, and
law enforcement reports and may be revised after further investi-
gation. A brief tornado touchdown was reported north of Staples.
Another report was received by a neighboring office which indi-
cated a tornado touched down and then crossed into Cass County
before lifting. No reports of damage have been received with this
tornado.

.Tornado #2 Placid Lake...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    120 mph
Path length /Statute/:  3.5 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   730 yards, 0.4 miles
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               2

Start date:             JUN 19 2016
Start time:             7:11 PM CDT
Start location:         2 miles south-southwest of Deerwood, MN

End date:               JUN 19 2016
End time:               7:19 PM CDT
End Location:           1 mile east-northeast of Bay Lake, MN

This track information is preliminary as meteorologists and
emergency managers continue to analyze photos and data collected
from this event. This event was the fourth tornado in the sequence
and the strongest. The tornado moved southeast across Crow Wing
County Highway 8 where EF-2 damage to a manufactured home was
observed. This was also the location of the 2 injuries. The
tornado continued southeastward moving over Placid Lake. Several
mature hardwood trees were snapped approximately 5 feet above
ground level on the west side of the lake indicating another area
of EF-2 damage. Additional EF-2 tree damage was observed as the
tornado moved onshore along the southeast side of Placid Lake.
Extensive tree damage was observed along a stretch of MN-6, at a
summer camp, and over portions of a golf course. The tornado
weakened beyond the golf course and dissipated before reaching
CR-14.

.Tornado #3 Jacobson-Wawina...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  8.1 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   440 yards, 0.25 miles
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             JUN 19 2016
Start time:             6:49 PM CDT
Start location:         2 miles northeast of Jacobson, MN
Start Lat/Lon:          47.02, -93.24

End date:               JUN 19 2016
End time:               6:59 PM CDT
End Location:           2 miles southeast of Wawina, MN
End lat/lon:            47.05, -93.08

The tornado developed in a wooded area southwest of Sabo 2 and
moved generally east-northeast through a wooded area and a bog
before crossing US-2 and dissipating near a grove of trees
approximately 1 mile west of the St. Louis County line. The
tornado destroyed several pole barns, lofted a roof from a house,
and destroyed the house. Analysis of construction methods at this
location yielded a rating of EF-0. However, EF-1 tree damage was
noted immediately west and north of Sabo 2 and continued eastward.
The tornado reached its maximum intensity approximately 2.2 miles
southwest of Wawina where high-end EF-1 damage was noted to a
stand of trees. Oblique angle aerial photography from the western
end of the track revealed a path through the bog adjacent to US-2,
which was not directly observable from the air nor from the
ground. The tornado moved through two small stands of trees
breaking branches and snapping a few narrow trunks before
dissipating.

.Tornado #4 near Zim, MN...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    95 mph
Path length /Statute/:  7.8 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             JUN 19 2016
Start time:             7:06 PM CDT
Start location:         4.8 miles east-southeast of Little Swan, MN

End date:               JUN 19 2016
End time:               7:17 PM CDT
End Location:           2.8 miles southeast of Zim, MN

Tornado developed east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe
railroad near the St. Louis River and tracked east-northeast for
approximately 3.1 miles producing sporadic pockets of low-end EF-1
damage to softwood trees. The tornado struck a house resulting in
partial uplift of the roof and lofting of roofing materials. The
tornado also flattened a decorative windmill and bent a flagpole.
The roofing material was distributed downwind to a range of 380
yards. The tornado also snapped and uprooted several trees in this
vicinity. The sporadic damage track continued for another mile to
the east-northeast. There seemed to be a distinct weakening of the
tornado with several pockets of broken branches and limbs noted
approximately 3 miles southwest of Zim. The tornado the turned
southeast and the damage track tightened with a wide swath of EF-0
tree damage with pockets of low-end EF-1 damage. The sporadic EF-1
damage continued as the tornado crossed MN-7 and dissipated
southwest of Stone Lake.

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

.Thunderstorm wind damage west of Trommald, MN...

Peak wind:              TBD
Path length:            TBD
Path width:             TBD
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             JUN 19 2016
Start time:             Approximately 6:55 PM CDT
Start location:         TBD

End date:               JUN 19 2016
End time:               Approximately 7:05 PM CDT
End location:           TBD

Crow Wing County Emergency Management has received reports of
thunderstorm wind damage in Trommald and areas west of town. A
brief initial survey revealed damage to trees in those areas,
including a few pockets of concentrated damage. A more intensive
survey is currently planned and may take several days to complete.

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

$$

Huyck/LE/CLC



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