A tornado touched down briefly near Nicollet, Minn. just before 5:00 Wednesday, with officials in the area calling for residents to take cover immediately before two more touchdowns were confirmed nearby.
The National Weather service announced the first touchdown just northwest of Mankato in a tweet, citing law enforcement in the area that saw the funnel.4:52 PM: Law enforcement in Nicollet Co. reports tornado on ground just E of Nicollet near Hwy 99. Take cover now! #mnwx-- NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) August 16, 2017 I can confirm a touchdown near Nicollet. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/LG6M71iIxb-- Brandon Lewis (@Brandon_L_Lewis) August 16, 2017
Pictures and video posted to Twitter by users in the area show the first touchdown in a rural area about 3 miles south of Nicollet, with the national weather service confirming another tornado on the ground just north of New Sweden near Highway 22 and County Road 111 around 5:35 p.m.
The third touchdown was announced near the line between Nicollet and Sibley Counties, moving north at speeds up to 20 miles per hour toward the towns of Gaylord and Winthrop.5:42 PM: Spotter reports tornado on ground near Hwy 22 at Nicollet and Sibley Co. line, moving N. #mnwx-- NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) August 16, 2017 Another touchdown! pic.twitter.com/tVMnF2fUuL-- Brandon Lewis (@Brandon_L_Lewis) August 16, 2017
A tornado warning was issued previously for the area that expired at 5:45 p.m., with the storm tracking northwest at speeds close to 30 miles per hour.NEW; Tornado Warning WNW of Mankato, storm tracking north at 30 MPH #stayskyaware @myfox9 pic.twitter.com/JLmjCsSmHe-- ian leonard (@ian_leonard) August 16, 2017
A new warning was then updated for Sibley County until 6:30 p.m., with the tornado confirmed over Gaylord moving northeast at 15 mph.
County and local officials have not confirmed reports of damage in the area.More