Weather Forecast


Storm causes major damage overnight

Clean-up efforts are under way after strong winds caused a considerable amount of damage to the central part of Farmington Friday morning.

Severe weather sirens sounded around 3:30 a.m. Friday. According to Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky, the winds moved from the west to east, knocking down several large trees and damaging several homes in its path. The storm itself came through the area sometime around 4 a.m.

The area that received the most damage is near 193rd Street and Pilot Knob Road. Herlofsky said there is "a concerning amount of damage" to the homes there. Several trees were snapped off at the base.

A number of homes sustained damage. Some lost roofs and in some cases garages appear to have been pulled off the homes.

Residents have said the damage all occurred about half an hour before emergency sirens sounded.

The Farmington Fire Department and Farmington Police Department have been responding to damage reports since the storm blew through. No one was injured in the storm, and city crews are out collecting debris, Herlofsky said.

"Our biggest concern is that more rain is supposed to come through this afternoon," Herlofsky said.

Residents who have sustained damage from Friday's storm should call the Farmington Police Department, 651-280-6700, or 911. Police will dispatch fire or squads as necessary.

There have also been reports of contractors out in neighborhoods soliciting work. Farmington police have said that if any contractors are too aggressive or make homeowners feel uncomfortable residents should call police.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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