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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 6.4 Miles
-- Width 250 Yards
State MINNESOTA
County/Area KANDIYOHI
WFO MPX
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-07-14 15:41:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 2SW SPICER
Begin Lat/Lon 45.21/-94.98
End Date 2009-07-14 15:53:00.0 CST-6
End Location 5ENE SPICER
End Lat/Lon 45.25/-94.86
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 250.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong cold front, deep moisture and a high shear environment led to severe weather across portions of central Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and evening of July 14th. Several individual storms developed across west central Minnesota and moved quickly northeast and spawned three tornadoes near Swift Falls, Elrosa and Spicer, Minnesota. In addition, several strong thunderstorms tracked across northern Todd and far northwestern Morrison County where two to four inches of rain fell in a short period of time. Due to the highly moist environment, and high rainfall rates, several areas of urban flooding was reported. One was in the community of Staples, and another was in St. Cloud.
Event Narrative A National Weather Service storm survey, plus visual reports and video, confirmed that a tornado moved through portions of Kandiyohi County near the town of Spicer. Portions of downtown Spicer were damaged, including the partial destruction of the upper level of a home, roof damage to multiple houses, several outbuildings destroyed, and a dozen or more car windows blown out at the local Green Mall parking lot. Maximum wind damage was estimated between 100 to 110 mph.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 785.00K 100.00K
SWIFT FALLS SWIFT CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:21 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 250.00K 50.00K
GILCHRIST POPE CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:30 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 250.00K 50.00K
SPICER KANDIYOHI CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:41 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
SPICER KANDIYOHI CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:53 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 87 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PADUA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:02 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PADUA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:02 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELROSA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:07 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EVANSVILLE DOUGLAS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:08 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STAPLES TODD CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
COLD SPG STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:52 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST CLOUD STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:23 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITNEY MEML ARPT STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:25 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST CLOUD STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUELM BENTON CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:35 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELMDALE MORRISON CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:59 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST JOSEPH STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 18:15 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAUK RAPIDS BENTON CO. MN 07/14/2009 18:31 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 785.00K 100.00K