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Damage from the tornado that hit west Hennepin County near Minnetrista late Monday night. (Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service Twin Cities)

Powerful storms blew through Minnesota late Monday night, including a tornado in the local area, according to the National Weather Service.

Along with severe thunderstorms, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Carver County and moved into western Hennepin County just after 10 p.m. on Monday. It made its way approximately 4 miles north/northwest of Mound, between St. Bonifacius and Maple Plain. The path was 3.5 miles long with a width of 200 yards and the twister was on the ground for five minutes, according to the weather service.

According to meteorologist Jacob Beitlich, the tornado caused mainly tree damage, but also caused damage to a few sheds.

Severe weather and a risk of severe thunderstorms came across their radar on Friday, Beitlich said.

“There was a risk for severe weather, which isn’t all too common for September...This was a quick spin-up, but it seemed like a possibility leading up to the event,” he said.

According to Beitlich, there have been 43 tornadoes throughout Minnesota up through Aug. 17 this year; however the majority of them “were relatively weak.”

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