1 Killed During Second Night Of Dangerous Storms In Minnesota

13 May 2022

MURDOCK, Minn. (WCCO) — A second night of dangerous weather has turned deadly.

Authorities in Kandiyohi County say a grain bin fell on a car Thursday evening, killing a passenger.

A possible tornado also touched down two hours north of there in Pillager. Around that time, strong storms blew into towns like Murdock near Willmar. A WCCO crew were in Willmar when, at 6:30 p.m., they witnessed a line of wind roar through and topple several trees.

Those storms then marched across the state to St. Cloud, whipping the rain sideways on the highway. The wind got so bad near our South Dakota border, it kicked up giant dust clouds, making travel difficult.

(credit: Lindsay Van Meeteren)

The worst damage WCCO crews have seen so far Thursday night hit towns and farms in western Minnesota.

In Alberta, just west of Morris, Nick and Amanda Elms say the wind toppled 70-foot-tall grain silos, turning them into piles of rubble.

WCCO heard about damage in Murdock, and along the way our crew saw a few train cars turned on their sides, derailed by the wind.

In Murdock, a seed barn was hit hard. The family of six hunkered in the basement as the storms swept through, while the dad Jesse Olson watched the roof fly off and the walls crumple at the hands of those strong winds.

“It hit. As soon as I ran inside I looked over my shoulder. The roof and everything start folding over and everything else in the yard’s getting destroyed and ran downstairs. By the time I got downstairs it was pretty much done, so I came back up and saw all this disaster,” Olson said.

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