Tornado destroys homes, downs trees and power lines near Ashby, Minnesota Wednesday

A tornado touches down near Ashby, Minnesota Wednesday evening. (BIll Doms)

Tornadoes touched down near Ashby and Garison, Minnesota during a tornado warning in parts of central Minnesota Wednesday evening.

According to reports on the ground, the tornado damaged crops and destroyed four residences, Ashby Mayor Tom Grover says. 

It was “pretty destructive,” Grover said of the tornado that moved between Ashby and Dalton. The homes that were destroyed were not in the city proper. 

The Ashby Fire Chief said a couple people sustained minor cuts and bruises. 

Power lines and trees were downed during the severe weather, too. 

A funnel cloud in Otter Tail County. (Jane D)

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says two people were injured and hospitalized due to the severe weather and law enforcement are still conducting house checks. 

Winds up to 70 miles per hour and ping pong ball sized hail were also factors in this storm. 

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