Storms, including at least one tornado, damaged a turkey barn, tore off outbuilding roofs, downed branches and flooded streets Thursday evening in several counties in southwestern Minnesota.
There were no reports of injuries as the storms swept southeastward through Redwood, Brown and Watonwan counties.
But several areas reported damage from the high winds, heavy rain and pelting hail. In Redwood Falls and Morgan, both in Redwood County, several inches of water flooded streets after a deluge. A large turkey barn near St. James sustained substantial storm damage, according to a Watonwan County deputy.
It was unclear if the baseball-sized hail that fell in parts of the region damaged farm fields.
Starting about 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings across the area, and spectacular photos and videos taken by witnesses show a large tornado circling near the intersection of Highways 68 and 71 near Wabasso, in Redwood County.
Just after 8 p.m., the tornado warnings expired as thunderstorms moved southeast into Martin and Faribault counties, soon passing south into Iowa and dissipating.
More storms, some possibly severe, may arrive Friday afternoon and evening across southern Minnesota, the NWS said.
Rain is also likely Friday and Saturday in the metro area, when the day’s high will be 75.