Weather Forecast


Tornadoes confirmed in Red River Valley

The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in the northern Red River Valley during Monday night’s storm.

One was an EF-2 tornado in Polk County near Crookston, Minn., while the other was an EF-1 tornado in Grand Forks County, N.D.

An EF-1 tornado, according to the Enhanced Fujita scale, is described as one with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph, while an EF-2 event is marked by winds of 111 to 135 mph.

The Crookston-area tornado tracked through portions of Polk and Red Lake counties in Minnesota, beginning at 8:40 p.m. about 4 miles west-northwest of Eldred and ending at about 9:25 p.m. about 4 miles south of Red Lake Falls, according to Greg Gust, warning coordination meteorologist.

The tornado traveled about 27 miles and had a maximum width of about 800 yards.

The EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Grand Forks County between 8:29 and 8:41 p.m. Monday. It left a path about 300 yards wide and traveled intermittently about 8 miles, from about 2 miles east of Kempton to about 2 miles southeast of Arvilla, according to the weather service.