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Update: Reported tornadoes hit Litchfield and Watkins Monday evening

Update 9:25 p.m. One person has been reported injured following the tornado touch down in Watkins, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said just before 9 p.m. Monday. He said several homes in Watkins are damaged, including a nursing home. "We're ev...

Update 9:25 p.m.

One person has been reported injured following the tornado touch down in Watkins, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said just before 9 p.m. Monday. He said several homes in Watkins are damaged, including a nursing home. “We’re evacuating that and relocating the residents of the nursing home,” Cruze said. He wasn’t able to confirm whether the injured person lived in the nursing home. Watkins is currently experiencing a complete power outage, he said.


Update 8 p.m.: Reported tornado touches down near Litchfield Monday evening

A tornado reportedly touched down northwest of Litchfield around 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Preliminary photos posted on social media indicate several homes and sheds sustained major damage, flattened by the storm.

A 6 p.m. tweet from the National Weather Service said a tornado was on the ground near Watkins, and “debris is airborne.”

The damage comes after much of central and west-central Minnesota was placed under a tornado watch, still in effect until 10 p.m. Monday.

Kandiyohi, Meeker and Stearns counties are among 11 Minnesota counties still under the watch.

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Twenty-three counties statewide, including Renville, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Redwood, are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

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