ONE HOME IN CASS COUNTY SUSTAINS DAMAGE FROM FALLING TREES
Thursday’s EF1 tornado in Cass and Aitkin counties was the first in recorded in either county since a June 17, 2010, outbreak.
The tornado, with winds of 86 to 110 mph, had a 12.8 mile path with a maximum width of about 300 yards.
The tornado was on the ground from 6:28 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., the National Weather Service in Duluth reported after a team assessed the storm damage Friday.
The tornado’s path started 1.7 miles north-northwest of Remer in Cass County and ended 5 miles west-southwest of Hill City in Aitkin County. A house north of Remer was damaged when several trees fell on it. The weather service reported other than the one home, property damage was limited to small structures and trees.
Some of the wind damage in Cass County indicated there were straight-line winds of 50 to 65 mph.
Damage included broken birch and evergreen trees throughout the storm’s path, beginning near the northern end of Leech Lake by Federal Dam. The storm path indicated a broad, weak tornado track starting near the intersection of County Road 4 and County Road 52.
“The tornado then produced sporadic but concentrated and convergent damage from that location to the northwestern end of the Remer Municipal Airport ... to Minnesota Highway 6 on the southeast corner of Mud Lake ... to the northern end of Birch Lake. From there the track became more narrow ... and the damage more intense and nearly continuous crossing east boundary road northeast to the northwest of Sailor Lake,” the weather service reported.
“From there the tornado continued east-southeast ... eventually turning more southeasterly south of Holy Water Lake and eventually crossing Minnesota Highway 200 west of the Little Hill River ... about 5 miles west of Hill City.
“The tornado dissipated shortly after crossing Highway 200.”
The weather service reported the parent super cell thunderstorm continued to produce sporadic and divergent wind damage southeast of the end of the tornado track and continuing another 7 miles to near Haypoint.
Haypoint was the site of the 2010 tornado.