Tornado touchdown near Cyrus, other storm updates 14 Jun 17

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Two Cyrus firefighters and a Cyrus resident saw a tornado touch down about three miles west and three miles south of Cyrus Tuesday night.

Firefighters Ryan Gades and Neil Rutter tracked the tornado which traveled a few miles and caused minimal damage to some trees along Long Lake and at least two roads signs on Stevens County Road 1.

The tornado was spotted about 6:30 p.m.

Gades told the Morris Sun Tribune that the tornado started near the intersection of Stevens County Roads 1 and 10. It lifted at the intersection of County Road 1 and Minnesota Highway 28.

Mel Solvie told the paper he saw the tornado near the intersection of Stevens County Road 1 and Minnesota Highway 28 and that he saw a second funnel cloud touch the ground earlier that night but it quickly lifted back into the sky.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado on the ground north of Hancock and the tornado near Cyrus.

The severe weather sirens sounded in Morris just before 7 p.m. as Morris was also in a tornado warning.

As of 7:45 this morning, Pope and Swift counties had minimal to no damage reported due to the storms.

Douglas County has reports of damage from Garfield to the north side of Lake Miltona. Property damage included farm buildings and two cabins. Numerous tree and power lines are down due to the high winds in the Ida and Miltona Townships.

Grant County damages that were reported include downed trees and branches, as well as power lines. Some of the downed power lines caused small fires that were contained and put out by fire departments. Power companies are in the process of restoring power this morning.

Stevens is still assessing damage, though reports have come in to the station of uprooted and down trees, a roof torn off a shed, and bins at Cargill smashed up in Alberta, and a tree falling into a house near Morris. Sheriff Jason Dingman is reminding everyone to keep themselves and their families safe during the recovery and is encouraging citizens to check on their neighbors’ well-being.

Traverse is still assessing damage, but Phillip Deal reports that the Wheaton Dumont Elevator in the Tintah Township is a total loss, including losing 9,000 gallons of propane and all their steel bins.

Big Stone is also still assessing damage.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.