County officials survey damage; trees appear hardest hit
SPICER -- Eight to 10 homes, garages and sheds in Spicer had roof damage from Tuesday's storm, according to a report from Kandiyohi County Emergency Management.
In addition, an assessment of the damage indicated "lots of devastating tree damage," said Kim Lindahl, deputy director of emergency management.
One home in Spicer lost its roof. That was the worst damage in the city, she said. Trees also fell on a number of homes and caused some damage.
"I know it's not considered minor if it's your own home ... but overall it could have been worse," Lindahl said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon.
County officials were still developing an estimate of the damages, and that should be available soon, she said.
Personnel from the National Weather Service arrived early Wednesday afternoon to assess the damage, she said.
"We know it was a tornado," Lindahl said, because trained spotters watched it follow a wide path about 8 miles long. The tornado was in the area for about 16 minutes, she said, but it was not on the ground for the entire time. Weather Service personnel were interested in looking at the damage in the path of the tornado and wanted to look at what happened near the lakes in the path. Their assessment will determine the strength of the tornado, she said.