Law Enforcement: Possible Tornado Structural Damage near St. Leo
March 31, 2014 — 5:05pm
Structural Damage Near St. Leo. Severe Studios has passed along information from local law enforcement of possible tornado-related damage near St. Leo. Fast-moving tornadic cells pushed through the area earlier this afternoon, and there was at least one confirmed tornado in Yellow Medicine County. In 40 years tracking the weather I have NEVER seen a Tornado Warning and Blizzard Warning, simultaneously, in the same county. This is a whole new level of weather-whiplash.
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