Hennepin County tornado

The path of the tornado that touched down in Watertown and western Hennepin County on Monday, Sept. 2. In the photo,

MINNETRISTA — A tornado touched down in the Minnetrista area on Monday, Sept. 2, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

The strong line of thunderstorms that moved through the area on Labor Day produced "numerous" wind damage reports and an EF-1 tornado, the National Weather Service said. The tornado touched down near Watertown, in Carver County, and moved East-Southeast into Hennepin County just after 10 p.m. 

The tornado was on the ground for 5 minutes and traveled 3.5 miles, the agency said on Twitter. The width of its path was 200 yards at the widest point.

No injuries were reported with the storm, but photos show strong winds caused damage to trees in the Watertown and Minnetrista areas, according to the National Weather Service's website.  

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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