The dangerous combination of flooding rain and tornadoes ravaged through parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, early Monday and Tuesday. This is the latest round of storms to hit the Midwest.
A tornado left widespread damage on the northwestern side of Litchfield, after 5.30 pm. Almost 20 homes were damaged, and two others have been completely wiped off the ground. The twister had speeds of up to 115 mph.
As soon as people heard the siren, they knew they had to move. Some families have lost their garage, their shed, or even their house. Litchfield City Mayor, Keith Johnson said that this was the worst damage from a tornado he had ever seen in the city.
Never in 52 years has there been a storm like that. A tornado in Watkins damaged a nursing home and a few homes and took out power across the town. It left 2 miles long damage, and it swirled at speeds as high as 125 mph.
Torrential rain caused major flash floods in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, early Tuesday. This has led to the closing of a large stretch of Interstate 35, between Hinckley and Sandstone, on Monday night. The road has since been reopened.
20 different communities were affected by storms, road closures, and washouts. Some of these are Hayward, Hinckley, Hurley and Ashland. The Sheriff’s Office in Crow Wing County advises people not to travel within the county due to life-threatening floods.
US 63, the primary route between the Ashland area, the Bayfield County and the Hayward chain of lakes was washed out on both sides.
To the east of Ashland, the Bad Rived rose 15 feet in just 6 hours, to its third highest level on record, this Tuesday. Police say at least two people have died in the floods caused by strong storms that damaged roads and homes and stranded people in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.
An 84-year-old man from Illinois died on Tuesday, when his vehicle was trapped in a flooded ditch. Fire fighters rescued his wife. In nearby Montreal, Wisconsin, a 56-year-old man died in a flooding too.
Governor Mark Dayton will travel to the affected communities. The Weather Service is forecasting another thunderstorm round on Wednesday, for the regions mentioned above.
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