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Tornado confirmed in Wright Co.

Tuesday storm damage was limited to mainly rural areas

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Debris is scattered around a ditch on 330th Street, just outside of Woolstock in rural Wright County following a storm on Tuesday afternoon.

EAGLE GROVE — A severe thunderstorm that caused damage in rural Wright County on Tuesday included a tornado as confirmed by the National Weather Service, according to Jarika Eisentrager, Wright County emergency management coordinator.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, a tornado made its way between Woolstock and Eagle Grove, tearing branches off trees, causing some trees to snap in half and ripping one metal machine shed right out of its foundation, shredding the tin and discarding it all over the adjacent cornfield.

No injuries or other major damage were reported after the storm, Eisentrager said.

“All I heard about in Eagle Grove was some shingles were blown off roofs, but nothing major happened in the town of Eagle Grove, just some trees down,” she said.

A road in Eagle Grove washed out during the storm, but Eisentrager was unsure of the cost of the damage.

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
A tree is snapped low on its trunk at 1365 308th St., southeast of Eagle Grove, on Tuesday afternoon. Severe thunderstorms with high winds and a tornado passed through the area.

The storm knocked down a power line near the machine shed owned by Dan Flumerfelt on 308th Street. Another power line was struck by lightning during the storm and was smoldering, but it was put out immediately, Eisentrager said.

Eisentrager said she did not know of any other buildings that were damaged during the storm.

Overall, for the first severe storm of the season, the emergency management coordinator felt that it was handled well in Wright County.

“We had a lot of deputies and police officers out,” she said. “We were tracking the storm before it happened and they were out taking pictures right away for me so I know what damage happened. We were in really good communication to know the damage and what happened. And thankfully not too much damage was done.”

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
A piece of debris from a machine shed is caught on the top branches of a tree following a storm Tuesday afternoon in rural Wright County between Eagle Grove and Woolstock.

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