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6-17-10 Tornado Outbreak South MN


Jeff left from Omaha, NE shortly after he was able to get out of work.  His initial target was just east of Sioux City. CU started to develop and Jeff followed them to the east as the became storms. Jeff noticed that the storms would go up quickly but then never gain enough strength to sustain itself. Being disappointed with driving that far and seeing weak storms, Jeff decided to make a break for the tornadic storms around the MN/IA border. After awhile of driving, Jeff finally made it to the cells just south of the MN boarder. He then saw some good roatation to the south east of him  and decided he needed to go more east to let it come at him and follow them from behond so he went on 500th street (dirt road to go east). Shortly after a tornado came down and was on the ground only for a few minutes. Jeff continued driving toward the roatation as the same torando came down on the road in front of Him. A beautiful lighting strike lit up the area just behind the tornado. Just as that tornado began to die off and new lowering was taking place. This lowering produced two very nice tornadoes and then became a multi vortex shortly after that. Jeff stuck with the storm as it began to get stronger. He was alittle worried being on a dirt road with only 1/8th of a tank left, but he didn't want to abandon the storm. The storm quickly gained strength and became a large multi vortex tornado just north of Keister, MN. Jeff continued with the storm despite the gas situation hoping to be able to make it to Alberta Lea to fill up there as he followed the storm. Jeff stuck with the large wedge and it continued until he noticed it hit some houses. Jeff decided to break off the chase and check on the houses that got hit to make sure everybody was ok. Powerlines and trees were down. Jeff arrived at a house and was able to help two ladies get out of their basement. They were ok, but their house took some damage but still standing and their barns and cars were destroied. After Jeff checked on the houses, a new storm came through and produced a breif tornado. Jeff was able to make it to Alberta Lea, MN and filled up.

  • Tornadoes: 8
  • Miles 1034
  • States: NE, IA, MN
  • Hail: half dollar

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