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September 16, 2019


8/14/2019 12:00:00 PM
EF0 tornado carves narrow path of damage through Windom

Michael Byam and his wife, Kari, were talking about conditions being right for severe weather, maybe even a tornado. However, Michael assured his wife that tornados weren't possible in Windom because the city is situated in a valley.

"My wife said, 'I can't wait for the day we get a tornado, just to prove you wrong,'  " Michael says with a laugh.

She waited all of 30 seconds.

What has been classified as an EF0 tornado whipped through Windom Saturday about 6:15 p.m., leaving little more than a 100-foot path of damage through the city.

According to Cottonwood County Emergency Management Director Paul Johnson, who sent information and photos of damage to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, the weather event was classified as a weak tornado.

Johnson said in a Facebook post on Saturday that the tornado started behind a home at the corner of 13th Street and River Road and left a path of debris little more than 100 feet wide through the middle of the city.

For much more on the damage done in Windom, see the story in the Aug. 14 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.

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