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2 tornadoes confirmed during Monday night storm

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By Kevin Bonham / Grand Forks Herald

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The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in the northern Red River Valley during Monday night’s storm.

AAn EF2 tornado tracked through portions of Polk and Red Lake counties of Minnesota, at 8:40 p.m. about 4 miles west-northwest of Eldred, Minn., in southwest Polk County and ending at about 9:25 p.m. about 4 miles south of Red Lake Falls, Minn., in Red Lake County, according to the NWS.

The tornado traveled about 27 miles and had a maximum width of about 800 yards.

While the tornado likely was wrapped in heavy rain and fierce, damaging winds, the tornado’s track was distinguishable by a path of more extreme damage and the throwing of debris, according to weather service experts who examined the terrain in the storm’s aftermath.      

The tornado is believed to have tracked just to the south of Crookston.

Several significant events were consistent with low-end EF2 tornadic winds, according to the weather service.

They include the rolling, or upending of a line of 17 empty tanker-style rail cars rolled onto their sides at the American Crystal Sugar Co-op’s Crookston plant, the imploding of a main door on an equipment shed on a rural farmstead, and the demolition of large steel grain bins.

Meanwhile, an EF1 tornado was confirmed in Grand Forks County between 8:29 and 8:41 p.m. Monday.

The tornado, which left a path about 300 yards wide, traveled intermittently about 8 miles, from about 2 miles east of Kempton, N.D., to about 2 miles southeast of Arvilla, N.D., according to the weather service.

The tornado snarled and broke large trees in shelterbelts. At least one farm outbuilding collapsed, and a few rural residences and farm buildings had Quonset doors and shingles torn off, according to the report.

Peak winds were estimated at about 90 mph.

An EF1 tornado, according to the Enhanced Fujita scale, is described as one with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph, while an EF2 event is marked by winds between 111 and 135 mph.

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