Twin Cities flooding and possible tornado damage in southeastern Minnesota

"There’s debris everywhere, hangers are damaged, airplanes are flipped over.”

Edgar Linares
September 20, 2018 - 10:25 pm

Courtesy Jeff Wagner WCCO-TV

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People living in south Central Minnesota will be cleaning up for some time after an unconfirmed tornado whipped through the area.

One of the hardest hit towns was Faribault, Minnesota where a possible tornado tossed airplanes and overturned a semi-truck at their municipal airport.

“There’s certainly a lot of neighborhoods with downed trees and downed power lines,” said Elizabeth Cap, City Council Member for Faribault. “At the airport definitely significant damage… I saw pictures online and there’s debris everywhere, hangers are damaged, airplanes are flipped over.”

Courtesy of Jeff Wagner WCCO-TV

Faribault’s Fire Chief Dustin Dienst told WCCO Television sheet metal from hangers, steel cables, power lines, insulation and all types of debris were scattered across Highway 21 next to the airport. He said the storm hit at one of the most opportunistic times for the fire department.

“Had everybody at the station, Thursday night is training night. We knew this was coming in. Worked out pretty well. We were able to start chasing calls as they came in,” Dienst told WCCO.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured.

The storm also left damage in Rice, Dodge and Goodhue counties. Xcel energy reported 28,000 customers without power.

In the metro, rain flooded streets and submerged at least one car in Robbinsdale. Images shared on social media showed streets turned into rivers in south Minneapolis.

WCCO Radio’s Meteorologist Mike Lynch says the National Weather Service will likely confirm on Friday if a tornado or tornados caused much of the damage in southeastern Minnesota.