Wednesday brought forth an intense storm system that moved from the Rockies into the Plains, bringing with it severe weather, tornadoes, extreme fire danger and widespread winds.
In Minnesota, the National Weather Service office located in Twin Cities stated that a tornado was observed in Plainview. This sighting was the first tornado ever reported in the state in December. The storm was moving northeast at 70 mph.
In that same tweet where they disclosed the tornado, they also urged people to calmly take shelter. This was the same stance that other meteorologists took as well, urging people to stay in shelter until the storm was over
By 9:20 pm EST, 19 more reports of tornadoes and possible tornadoes in Iowa and Nebraska emerged, according to the Storm Prediction Center. That same report also showed roughly 300 severe wind reports coming in from across Central Plains and into the Midwest.
But getting back to Minnesota it is insane witnessing a tornado in December as there was never a previous record of tornadoes in the months of December, January, or February, according to DNR records.
Furthermore, those records reveal that the last confirmed record of a tornado that was recorded this late was on November 16th, 1931. And since then there was a total of five tornadoes in November that were reported in the past 70 years.
These warnings were further reinforced by the damages that these high winds have left in certain areas in Minnesota with reports of vehicles moving and even semis being flipped over, trees uprooted and possible tornadoes.