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Storm hits area again

By Staff | Jul 28, 2019

A thunderstorm rolled through Faribault County on Saturday, July 20, causing damage in the area. Some hail was reported but most of the destruction came from the high winds which accompanied the storm. There were many tree branches to pick up and in some cases whole trees were uprooted or suffered severe damage. Local rainfall was about a half an inch. One of Blue Earth’s tallest trees, at the John Huisman residence, was split and had to be taken down.

A line of storms, which began in South Dakota, moved across Minnesota on Saturday, July 20. The storms brought reports of some hail, heavy rain and high winds to the region.

The front began to make its way into Faribault County at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday morning. As the storm system entered the local area, high winds caused damage to trees and resulted in some corn fields having corn blown over or snapped off.

Locally, Elmore’s Horse and Buggy Days celebration had to be cancelled and power outages occurred in the Easton, Wells and Bricelyn areas. The power went off before noon on Saturday and was restored about seven hours later.

The days prior to the storm had been exceptionally hot and muggy. Temperatures in Blue Earth on July 19 reached 93 degrees. The temperature combined with a dew point in the high 70’s resulted in a heat index of 110 degrees.

Although Faribault County had some minor damage, mostly downed branches, other counties had more serious problems to deal with. There were reports of two semi-trailers being blown over in Cottonwood County near Windom. High winds resulted in trees being uprooted in Austin which is located in Mower County. Two to six inches of rain fell across Dodge and Olmsted counties and resulted in flash flood warnings for those areas. Locally the Fairmont airport reported receiving a half inch of rain.

Wind gusts were measured at 60 mph in St. James, 64 mph in Fairmont and as high as 74 mph in Rochester.

After the storms had rolled through the area, cooler, dryer air moved in. The relief was welcomed by residents of the county, especially with the Faribault County Fair being held July 24-27.