Tornado Confirmed In Elysian 21 Mar 12

The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that hit the City of Elysian Monday night. The 100-yard-wide twister was reportedly packing winds up to 85 mph. It travelled about 7 miles, and has been rated an EF-0. The storm left substantial damage in its wake, ripping the roofs off of homes and uprooting trees around Lake Elysian and Lake Francis. At least 44 families were affected by the storm in that area, but no injuries or fatalities were reported. The National Weather Service says this is the second earliest date a tornado has been reported in Minnesota history. The only earlier-recorded tornado occurred on March 18th, 1968 in Truman.