Tornado reported in suburban Minneapolis

May 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM
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MEDINA, Minn., May 21 (UPI) -- A tornado touched down in Medina, Minn., Saturday evening as severe storms sprung up across the region, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service issued a string of tornado warnings for the areas just west and north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

No injuries or serious damage were reported as a result of the 6:30 p.m. twister, the newspaper said.

Medina police Sgt. Jason Nelson said he saw a funnel cloud but didn't see it touch the ground.

"There were rotational winds," Nelson said. "You could see debris blowing and leaves. It looked bad."

Heavy rain and large hail were reported in Corcoran, Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, Rogers, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel and Andover.

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