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Storms sweeps over western Minnesota

WILLMAR -- Multiple tornadoes were reported Thursday from Sunburg to Paynesville resulting in multiple tornado warnings and people scurrying for shelter as a line of thunderstorms moved through west central Minnesota.

Norway Lake
Stormy clouds gather over Norway Lake around 5 p.m. Thursday. It was part of a system that included reports of a tornado sighted in a field seven miles east of Sunburg, according to a tornado warning from the National Weather Service. ( Karyn Loos | SUBMITTED)

WILLMAR - Multiple tornadoes were reported Thursday from Sunburg to Paynesville resulting in multiple tornado warnings and people scurrying for shelter as a line of thunderstorms moved through west central Minnesota.
A trained spotter first reported a tornado in a farm field about four miles west Sunburg about 4:08 p.m. moving eastward, according to the National Weather Service.
Members of the public reported at 4:20 p.m. that nickel to ping pong size hail fell for 15 minutes five miles northeast of Sunburg. By 4:55 p.m., the public reported nearly four inches of rain in the same area.
A confirmed tornado was spotted at 4:58 p.m. over Norway Lake.
A tornado was reported east of Norway Lake about 5:14 p.m., which resulted in quarter-inch hail.
At 5:48 p.m., multiple funnel clouds were reported by spotters about 5 miles north of New London.
Then, the line of
storms then continued into northeast Kandiyohi County where is tornado briefly touched down in Hawick around 6 p.m., according to the weather service.
Then the storm line moved into Stearns County where a confirmed tornado was sighted over Lake Koronis Regional Park.
A tornado was also reported in Yellow Medicine County at 5:20 p.m. with reports of some damage at a farm about four miles west of Canby, according to the National Weather Service.
Northern Kandiyohi County remained under a flash flood warning for most of Thursday evening.
High winds gusts were also reported during the evening at various sites across west central Minnesota.

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