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Update: Power restored in Atwater after Friday's tornado

ATWATER – By Sunday afternoon, the town of Atwater had power again, and its streets had been cleared, moving quickly to clean up after an EF0 tornado struck the town Friday evening.

“It’s progressing pretty well,” Mayor Mark Olson said in a telephone interview Sunday. “It’ll take a week or so yet, but it’s starting to look pretty good.”

A golf tournament went on as scheduled Saturday, and a regional baseball tournament was getting its games in, too.

The cleanup was helped by the way everyone pitched in, he said. He had heard that baseball players from multiple teams had helped pick up branches.

The National Weather Service determined Saturday that the damage in and near Atwater and east along Highway 12 was an EF0 tornado with maximum winds of 80 mph, according to Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist in the Chanhassen office.

Strong straight-line winds south of the tornado path also caused damage, Grunzke said.

The storm left mostly tree damage, with little damage to structures, he said.

There was some building damage, but no injuries were reported.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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