Memorial Day storm in ND, MN had 3 tornadoesFARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a Memorial Day windstorm that hit the Fargo-Moorhead region included three tornadoes.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a Memorial Day windstorm that hit the Fargo-Moorhead region included three tornadoes.
The storm that went through more than a dozen counties stretching from southeast North Dakota to northwest Minnesota knocked out power to nearly 47,000 people. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says damage claims in the Fargo area total more than $4.2 million so far.
Meteorologist Greg Gust says the storm might have spawned several more tornadoes as it moved into Minnesota.
One of the tornadoes harbored estimated wind speeds of 110 to 115 mph, on the low end of the EF-2 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, said Greg Gust, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service in Grand Forks.
That tornado occurred in a corridor of damage that left one WDAY radio tower in West Fargo toppled and another damaged. Some buildings in Fargo’s industrial park had roof damage and steel sheeting ripped from their walls, Gust said.
Of the other two tornadoes, both estimated to have an EF-1 rating, the first followed a path from north of Walcott to three to four miles east of Kindred and east of Horace, Gust said. The tornado snapped wooden power poles and crumpled metal towers supporting high-voltage lines.
The second EF-1 tornado crumpled two metal high-voltage towers south of the 52nd Avenue South Walmart as it entered southeast Fargo and moved across the metro area into northeast Moorhead.