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An F0 rating for the Minneapolis tornado

The damage assessment team from the National Weather Service office that covers the Twin Cities rated the tornado that touched down in Minneapolis as an EF0, with maximum winds of between 75 and 85 miles an hour.

The tornado touched down at about 1:50 p.m. in south Minneapolis, then moved virtually straight north toward downtown before lifting near the Convention Center at about 2 p.m. The track was about 4.5 miles long, with a maximum width of about 500 yards – though the most intense damage occurred along a path perhaps 250 yards wide.

Here’s a map of the track, which I find remarkable for how straight it was for most of its length.

There were 28 tornado reports on Wednesday in six different states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.