The National Weather Service (NWS) is working to confirm if a tornado hit Winona County last night after radar suggested a tornado passed through the Fremont and Lewiston area and tornadoes were confirmed in neighboring counties. Winona County officials said numerous trees, power lines and farm buildings were damaged in the Fremont and Lewiston area. The NWS issued a tornado warning for the area late last night.
“We had indications of what the radar would suggest was a tornado,” NWS meteorologist Stu Ireland said of the Fremont area. Winona County Emergency Management Director Ben Klinger said there was damage along County Road 6 — a few miles west of the Fremont store — that matches radar reports of the NWS on the possible trajectory of the tornado. Ireland explained that NWS investigators are currently on the ground to confirm whether this damage is the result of a tornado or simply straight-line winds.
Investigation teams have previously confirmed that tornadoes have occurred in Mower County near Taopi, Minnesota; Fillmore County near Spring Valley, Minnesota; and Mitchell and Howard counties in northeastern Iowa, Ireland.
According to the NWS, hail up to an inch in diameter was reported in Lewiston, Rollingstone and Winona, while smaller hail was reported in Winona and Trempealeau counties.
All in all, it could have been worse, Klinger said. “I think we were lucky where it was – not for those affected – but it was a sparsely populated area and early enough in the season that there were no crops in the ground. “, did he declare. Klinger’s department requests damage reports from citizens on Facebook and at [email protected]
When asked how the storm compared to others in recent years, Ireland echoed, “[It was] nothing out of the ordinary as far as extreme weather – kind of a typical early spring event. The storm that hit in the early afternoon was accompanied by hail, which is really typical of spring in this part of the country. As for tornadoes, “For April in the Midwest, that’s not uncommon at all,” he added.