Tornado Warning Mankato Area. Doppler is picking up a tornado vortex signature - there was a report of a tornado over Vernon Hills. The greatest short-term risk is Lake Crystal to Mankato and St. Peter. Details:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
337 PM CDT TUE JUN 14 2016
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN BLUE EARTH COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 415 PM CDT
* AT 337 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER VERNON CENTER...
OR 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MANKATO...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...LAW ENFORCEMENT CONFIRMED TORNADO.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS...AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
GOOD THUNDER AROUND 355 PM CDT.
LAKE CRYSTAL AROUND 400 PM CDT.
OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE GARDEN
THIS INCLUDES U.S. HIGHWAY 169 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 30 AND 46.
TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A
BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY
BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS...IN A MOBILE HOME...OR IN
A VEHICLE...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
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