At least two tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, forced the evacuation of a nursing home and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota.
A tornado struck the northwest side of Litchfield late Monday afternoon, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said.
"I've been walking around in the area, with the rain off and on, just consoling people and telling them I'm so sorry that it's happening", Litchfield Mayor Keith Johnson told NBC affiliate KARE.
Central Minnesota citizens experienced strong tornadoes and flooding warnings from Monday to Tuesday. One elderly woman had minor injuries in Watkins, according to Eden Valley Fire and Rescue.
A tornado also reportedly hit the town of Watkins, damaging 25 homes and five businesses. In St. Cloud, some motorists were stranded in high water.
The tornadoes that struck Litchfield and Watkins were rated EF-2, or significant in strength, by the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service said water levels should peak later Tuesday and then go down.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the storm dumped almost a foot of rain on the county and washed out access to a boat launch.
In nearby Iron County, the sheriff's department says a 56-year-old man from Montreal, Wisconsin, died in the flooding, but didn't immediately provide details.
The storms also damaged or destroyed 85 boats at Saxon Harbor in Iron County, state emergency officials said. The Michigan Emergency Operations Center was activated to provide assistance to those affected by the storms.
On Tuesday, though, Crow Wing County Emergency Manager John Bowen said his area weathered the storm with little damage. Overnight 6 to 9 inches of rain fell in a huge swath from the Brainerd Lakes area in central Minnesota east into northern Wisconsin and almost to MI.
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