Tornadoes Confirmed In Mahnomen County Friday Night

Tornadoes Confirmed In Mahnomen County Friday Night Click to Enlarge

(Flom, MN) -- The National Weather Service confirms a twister touched down in northwest Minnesota. There were tornado warnings in Mahnomen and Norman counties on Friday night. A Norman County resident caught one on camera. The video captured by a Flom resident has been making the rounds online. Local law enforcement say they received multiple reports of a tornado touching down near that area.

The National Weather Service says the first of twin tornadoes viewed and photographed from residents near Flom and Waubun occurred between 7:22 pm and 7:36 pm. It broke large tree branches and limbs in several shelter belt locations along its path and appears to have caused a peak wind of 73 mph recorded at both the Mahnomen Airport and a nearby MNDOT RWIS sensor as it dissipated. The NWS classified the Flom tornado as an EF-0. The NWS says the path of this tornado was 7.4 miles long and a width of 200 yards.

(photo credit: from NWS page; Lisa Smith

The NWS says the second of twin tornadoes, an EF-1, happened between 7:30pm and 7:35 pm Friday. Winds reached 95 mph and snapped a large spruce tree and several poplar trees in one farmstead. The Mahnomen Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of touchdowns near Waubun. The path of the Waubun tornado was 3.5 miles long with a width of 200 yards.

(main photo credit from NWS page: Nate Olson, Waubun)

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