Tornadoes, floods batter central Minnesota

"We're evacuating that and relocating the residents of the nursing home", Brian Cruze said.

Multiple homes and sheds appeared flattened by the storm.

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — At least two tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, forced the evacuation of a nursing home and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota.

Residents of Litchfield and Watkins are cleaning up after tornadoes on Monday damaged homes and other buildings in the area.

The department said that Hurley Fire Department and other agencies helped rescue people stranded in the Saxon Harbor area. Cruz says the tornado was then observed coming into Watkins.

"I live two block right down there so I mean it could have been us". Based on preliminary reports, the areas in and around Litchfield, St. Cloud and Watkins were hit hardest.

Law enforcement also reported a tornado touchdown around 6:30 p.m. Monday, 3 miles east of Rockville, in Stearns County, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

Tornadoes, floods batter central Minnesota

As of this morning a major portion of Watkins is still without power.

A baseball dugout was blown over at a school in Lake Park early Monday. "It's quite a shock to see that everything is gone", she said.

Goal posts are damaged, as is the scoreboard.

The National Weather Service reports almost 10 inches of rain near Saxon, almost 8 inches of rain near Siren and 7.5 inches near Cable. Five businesses are also known to have suffered damage, said Cruze.

He said one property owner near Big Cormorant Lake reported about 200 downed trees and he said homes in the area had leaves plastered against walls on all four sides, hinting that some unusual winds may have been involved.

Otherwise, "some branches blown down".

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