NWS confirms tornado West of North Mankato in weekend storm

Confirmed tornado West of North Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The National Weather Service office of the Twin Cities concluded their storm survey Sunday night regarding the tornado that occurred West of North Mankato Saturday afternoon. The tornado was rated an EF-0 (weak) on the Enhanced Fujita scale with peak winds of 80 miles per hour. The Enhanced Fujita scale classify tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (violent).

The tornado touched down 2.5 miles northwest of the North Links Golf Course in North Mankato near 520th street on Saturday at 3:08 PM. Tracking southeast for 2.45 miles, the tornado broke or uprooted hundreds of trees, flatten corn, and even ripped off portions of a machine shed roof.

After being on the ground for a total of 6 minutes the tornado lifted south of the North Links Golf course along Judson Bottom Road at 3:14 PM. The max width of the tornado was 125 yards.

All other storm damage is being chalked up as straight line winds where both the Mankato Airport and automated weather station in Eagle Lake recorded a max wind gust of 58 miles per hour.

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