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Friday storm was a tornado, weather service says

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The news probably won't come as a surprise to many of the Farmington homeowners who were affected, but the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the city early on Aug. 13.

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The EF-1 tornado had winds of up to 105 miles per hour, though most of the damage was done by winds with a maximum speed of 70 to 90 miles per hour.

The storm, which hit around 3 a.m. last Friday, did significant damage to homes in a narrow path that began south of 195th Street and just east of Meadowview Elementary School and ran northeast for about a mile and a half. Many homes lost siding and had damage to garage doors. In one case an entire garage was shifted about five inches off of its foundation and in another the entire garage collapsed, leaving the home standing. Hundreds of trees, some with diameters of 30 inches or more, were knocked down or snapped off.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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