COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) - A tornado touched down in Coon Rapids, Minnesota Wednesday night, as strong storms hit the Twin Cities metro during the evening, survey crews confirmed on Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service survey crews, the tornado touched down shortly before 8:30 p.m. in a neighborhood off University Avenue, just south of Morningside Memorial Gardens cemetery.
Survey crews say it appears the tornado left a path of about three miles, with a width of about 50 yards and max winds of 80 mph.
There were multiple reports of damage across Coon Rapids as a result of Wednesday's storms. Our chopper spotted a tree down on the porch of a home. Our news crews also found a home that had been split in half by a large tree that came down during the storms.
Beyond tornadoes, much of the damage on Wednesday was caused by heavy straight-line winds that took down trees and power lines.
Wind gusts top 75 mph during Wednesday's storm
Here are the recorded wind gusts from National Weather Service observations:
- Morristown: 79 mph (8:01 p.m.)
- Shakopee: 77 mph (8:07 p.m.)
- Windom: 76 mph (6:10 p.m.)
- Waseca: 68 mph (8:08 p.m.)
- Eden Prairie: 67 mph (8:10 p.m.)
- Hopkins: 64 mph (8:13 p.m.)
- Anoka: 64 mph (8:24 p.m.)
- Richfield: 61 mph (8:20 p.m.)
- Roseville: 61 mph (8:27 p.m.)
More storms are possible for Thursday night
It's looking like another stormy night for much of Minnesota Thursday. But if severe weather does develop, it's likely it will be a few hours later than the storms Wednesday night that knocked out power for thousands, downed trees and caused flooding across the Twin Cities metro.
Storms, which could be strong to severe, are expected to move into western Minnesota around sunset (7-9 p.m.) and reach the Twin Cities toward the midnight hour.