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000 NOUS43 KMPX 172219 PNSMPX MNZ041>045-047>070-073>078-082>085-091>093-WIZ014>016-023>028- 181030- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 519 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 08/16/2017 TORNADO EVENT... .OVERVIEW...A band of heavy rain with embedded tornadoes lifted north through Minnesota during the afternoon and evening of August 16 2017. .NICOLLET TORNADO 1... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 75-80 mph Path length /Statute/: 1.5 miles Path width /Maximum/: 75 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 446 PM CDT Start location: 4 S Nicollet, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.2368 / -94.1865 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 452 PM CDT End location: 2 S Nicollet, MN End_lat/lon: 44.2561 / -94.1945 SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado developed south of Nicollet and lifted north northwest. It caused mainly tree damage, but did hit a farmstead and damaged a garage and grove of trees. .NICOLLET TORNADO 2... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 55-60 mph Path length /Statute/: 0.6 miles Path width /Maximum/: 25 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 504 PM CDT Start location: 5 S Nicollet, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.2296 / -94.1783 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 509 PM CDT End location: 4 S Nicollet, MN End_lat/lon: 44.2380 / -94.1783 SURVEY_SUMMARY: A few minutes later another tornado developed south of Nicollet and lifted north. It was observed by a local citizen, and caused mainly crops and tree damage. .NEW SWEDEN... Rating: EF-1 Estimated peak wind: 100-105 mph Path length /Statute/: 3.1 miles Path width /Maximum/: 75 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 535 PM CDT Start location: 8 S Gaylord, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.4380 / -94.1962 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 547 PM CDT End location: 6 SSW Gaylord, MN End_lat/lon: 44.4704 / -94.2461 SURVEY_SUMMARY: The strongest tornado of the day developed in northern Nicollet county and lifted into Sibley county. This was a multi-vortex tornado. Video shows one vortex struck a farmstead directly causing significant damage to trees and out buildings. .WINTHROP #1 TORNADO... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 80 mph Path length /Statute/: 0.25 miles Path width /Maximum/: 75 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 626 PM CDT Start location: 4 ENE Winthrop, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.5719 / -94.3023 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 626 PM CDT End location: 4 ENE Winthrop, MN End_lat/lon: 44.5719 / -94.3023 SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado developed 4 miles ENE of Winthrop and traveled about 1/4 mile to the north northwest. It flattened some corn, uprooted a tree, and caused other tree damage. .WINTHROP #2 TORNADO... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 80 mph Path length /Statute/: 0.16 miles Path width /Maximum/: 25 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 633 PM CDT Start location: 3 NNE Winthrop, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.5795 / -94.3457 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 633 PM CDT End location: 3 NNE Winthrop, MN End_lat/lon: 44.5795 / -94.3457 SURVEY_SUMMARY: A tornado developed 3 NNE of Winthrop, flattened corn, destroyed a structurally compromised barn and produced some tree damage. .NEW PRAGUE TORNADO... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 55-60 mph Path length /Statute/: 0.5 miles Path width /Maximum/: 10 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 705 PM CDT Start location: 2 S New Prague, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.5359 / -93.5852 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 708 PM CDT End location: 2 SW New Prague, MN End_lat/lon: 44.5435 / -93.5902 SURVEY_SUMMARY: A weak circulation develop south of New Prague and moved across the far southwest part of town. There was minor tree damage which matched up with radar. .LESTER PRAIRIE TORNADO... Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 75 mph Path length /Statute/: Brief Path width /Maximum/: 30 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 08_16_2017 Start time: 808 PM CDT Start location: Lester Prairie, MN Start Lat/Lon: 44.8804 / -94.0469 End date: 08_16_2017 End time: 808 PM CDT End location: Lester Prairie, MN End_lat/lon: 44.8804 / -94.0469 SURVEY_SUMMARY: A brief EF-0 tornado on the south side of Lester Prairie. It uprooted some trees and broke many tree limbs. 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 NOTE: The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data. $$ JRB,WRB,AMK

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