Minnesota cleans up after 'destructive' storms deliver widespread damage

The city of Forada was hard hit by a tornado. Deer River and Eagle Bend also were hit


David Joles, Star Tribune

A home owner places a plastic tarp over a busted out vehicle window in an area where homes along Maple Lake sustained heavy damage after a Memorial Day storm hit.

FORADA, Minn. - The tornado sounded like a train barreling down the tracks - a whirring that turned to a steady roar as it shredded homes and uprooted trees.

"It was ugly," Forada Fire Chief Stephen VanLuik said Tuesday after the Memorial Day storm that brought heavy rain, bouts of hail and powerful winds to west-central Minnesota.

Before the tornado struck Forada - a Douglas County community of about 170 residents south of Alexandria - the storm had raced across Minnesota at speeds of more than 70 mph.



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