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Possible tornado touches down just across Iowa border in Minnesota

CLARKS GROVE – Authorities in Freeborn county report that a “powerful storm” swept through the small town of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Monday night, and could have been a tornado.

Clarks Grove is just a few miles north of the Iowa border, outside Albert Lea. The Freeborn county sheriff’s office says the sleepy community “had a powerful storm … on the afternoon of March 6, 2017.”

Structure damage reports first started to trickle in at about 5:47 PM, bu uno on twas injured.

“We responded to one medical at the same time and it does not appear to be storm related. In short, there were no reported injuries related to the storm.

“We have had a couple of people in Clarks Grove at the time of the storm state that they witnessed a tornado that caused the damage. The National Weather Service has not confirmed the tornado at (this) time.

The storm knocked out power until midnight.

Businesses along Main St, the fire dept, fertilizer plant and some residences suffered the most damage, the sheriff’s office says.

“Numerous trees and debris were blown around, which poses a hazard in itself.”

The North Iowa region also incurred minor damage with some hail, strong winds and rain. There were tornado reports in the Webster City area.

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