National Weather Service confirms tornado touch down
An assessment team from the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado downed trees and damaged homes Wednesday afternoon along a one-third-mile stretch of Larsen Lane in the town of Hudson.
"The tornado moved north-northeast and either downed or uprooted several one- to two-foot diameter trees, and also caused minor roof damage to multiple homes," a report on the Web site for the Weather Service's Chanhassen, Minn., office says.
The Weather Service classified the Hudson tornado as an EF-0, the weakest category of tornado.
"But it still had winds of 80 to 85 mph," Jim Taggart, a meteorologist at the Chanhassen office, said Friday morning.
The tornado's path was about 25 yards wide and 600 long, according to the Weather Service.
A Weather Service map shows it touching down just north of Dru Drive on the west side of Larsen Lane. The tornado continued north-northeast across Larsen Lane and County UU.
It passed through the back yard of Art and Cheryl Forester's house, 807 Larsen Lane, and through Jason Madison's property, 811 Larsen Lane, north of the county highway.
Taggart said the National Weather Service sent out three survey teams on Thursday to assess the damage caused by a series of tornadoes.
The first, and most destructive, was a tornado that touched down in south Minneapolis at about 1:50 p.m. and remained on the ground for about 10 minutes.
The Minneapolis tornado traveled 4.5 miles and was 500 yards wide at its maximum.
At 2:40 p.m., an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 90 to 100 mph was reported in Cottage Grove, Minn.
Then came the Hudson tornado at about 3:15 p.m.
A tornado also touched down in North Branch, Minn., and several funnel clouds were spotted in southwest and south central Minnesota.
Taggart said most of the tornadoes, including the Hudson tornado, were on the ground for only 30 seconds to a minute.