Growing up in the cities, I wasn't exposed much to the Minnesota outdoors. It wasn't until I came to Morris, Minnesota where I met many outdoor enthusiasts! The associate pastor of my local church even came up with an apostolic ministry called, Outfitters for Adventure, that plants churches through relationshop building!
"A brief but strong wind and rain storm rattled Morris residents and, undoubtedly, had others making calls to insurance agents.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, but by that time straight-line winds were doing their damage.
The wind storm also caused the evacuation of West Wind Village. Residents were returned to their residences unharmed, according to Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis.
Several large trees were blown down on Morris' west side. One large tree fell across Nevada Avenue, and another smaller tree was blown into a residence on Nevada and West 9th Street.
A large tree was uprooted and fell on a shed near Nevada and West 10th, and about a block away, a large tree fell on a powerline, knocking out electricity in surrounding areas.
A residential tree was snapped off and fell into a residence near California Avenue and East 1st Street. No injuries were reported.
Throughout Morris, smalled branches were strewn throughout neighborhoods, streets and avenues"
Summer "Stevens County Fair" Storm (Thursday, Aug. 12th 2010)
"Severe weather continues to push across the state Thursday night. Several tornadoes touched down in Lac Qui Parle County Thursday night. In Bellingham, in Lac Qui Parle County, a porch was blown off a home by a tornado. Down in Edgerton in Pipestone County, 70 mph winds destroy the roof of a bowling alley there. Large hail was reported southeast of Alexandria and also in Big Stone County. Power lines were knocked down around portions of Central and Southern Minnesota.
More showers and thunderstorms are possible for Friday as a cold-front will pushes through the state. Heavy rainfall again is possible for Friday. Somewhat drier air will return by the weekend along with cooler air. Our high by Sunday should reach only the lower 70s along with just a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
Stay with KSAX-TV for the latest on the weather.
Mark Anthony, Meteorologist