Severe storm, winds sideswipe Houston County: One tornado confirmed in Houston County

Houston County experienced an unusual December weather event on Wednesday night, Dec. 15. Above, a shed was blown in on one side and the roof flew away to the nearby field on Cheryl and Mike Patterson’s farm near Spring Grove. Wind gusts from 60 to 70 mph rushed through the county in the overnight hours. Damages included downed trees, pieces of roofs and sheds and other loose objects flying around. The National Weather Service in La Crosse called the event “historic and rare.” Parts of Nebraska, Iowa and southeast Minnesota were classified in a “Level 4 Moderate Threat,” which included potential for straight-line winds and tornadoes. Minnesota did see 22 December tornadoes. The National Weather Service did confirm one tornado in Houston County, outside of Houston. The tornado was rated an EF-1, with estimated peak winds at 90 mph, lasting for about 7 miles or five minutes. 

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