PLAINVIEW, Minn. (FOX 9) - Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed Minnesota's first tornado to occur during the month of December in Hartland, just northwest of Albert Lea in southern Minnesota.
The storm damaged a bank, sending parts of the brick roof to the ground. Homes and other buildings in the area were also damaged.
Survey crews are still working to determine rating/strength, path length and path width. NWS says more information will be released Thursday evening.
The latest tornado on record in Minnesota had been on November 16, 1931, east of Maple Plain.
Other damage was reported as a possible tornado in Plainview. Those tornado reports came in the 8 p.m. hour Wednesday.
Strong winds made it as far north as Elko New Market, with a gust of 68 mph reported.
Record high December temperature
The tornadoes fall on the same day the Twin Cities broke a record high temperature for December, hitting 52 at MSP Airport at 2 p.m. and continuing to climb into the late afternoon and evening. That breaks the record of 51 set in 2014. Snowpack at the airport dropped from 8 inches to just a trace over the course of the day.
Storm damage in southern Minnesota
A line of storms brought strong winds to southern Minnesota. In Dodge County, the sheriff is reporting multiple trees and power lines down. Xcel reports more than 3,000 customers are without power in the county. To the south, a bank suffered damage in Hartland, Minnesota, with bricks lying on the ground and some damage to the windows.
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