La Crosse, WI (KROC-AM News) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes were produced by severe storms that hit southeast Minnesota last weekend.
National Weather Service investigative teams previously confirmed that an EF0 tornado was responsible for damage to a barn, trees and crops in an area just north of Houston last Saturday afternoon. Another EF0 tornado with estimated peak winds of around 80 mph has since been confirmed to hit an area of rural Winona County. The National Weather Service reported it was on the ground for about 1.3 miles in an area 5 miles northwest of Rushford and mainly caused damage to trees.
The third tornado struck just east of La Crosse in western Wisconsin. It was another EF0 tornado with winds of 80 miles per hour and was on the ground for about 2 1/2 miles just south of I-90. The National Weather Service said it hit a nature preserve, which limited damage to trees.
Much greater damage occurred in Rochester where straight-line winds of nearly 70 mph toppled a number of tall trees and tree limbs. About 3,500 Rochester Public Utilities customers lost power and some of those customers weren’t restored until last Sunday evening.