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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN  
249 PM CDT SUN MAR 19 2017  
 
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR THE MARCH 06, 2017 BRICELYN/  
FARIBAULT COUNTY TORNADO...  
   
OVERVIEW
 
 
AN NWS DAMAGE SURVEY CONDUCTED MARCH 17 CONFIRMED AN EF1 TORNADO  
THAT OCCURRED IN FARIBAULT COUNTY DURING THE EARLY EVENING OF MARCH  
6, 2017. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 0.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF  
BRICELYN, MINNESOTA AT 5:04 PM CST AND TRAVELED NORTHEAST FOR 9.6  
MILES, LIFTING SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING INTERSTATE 90 ABOUT 5.5 MILES  
SW OF WELLS, MN AT 5:15 PM CST. THE TORNADO MOVED THROUGH RURAL  
AREAS OF FARIBAULT COUNTY MAINLY PRODUCING EF0 DAMAGE ALONG ITS  
TRACK, WITH A FEW AREAS REACHING MARGINAL EF1 STRENGTH. THE MOST  
CONCENTRATED AREA OF DAMAGE WAS AT PIHLS COUNTY PARK ON RICE LAKE  
WHERE NUMEROUS TREES FELL ON CAMPER HOMES AND ONE CAMPER WAS LIFTED  
AND THROWN 20 FEET.  
 
THIS TORNADO OCCURRED ROUGHLY 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE CLARKS GROVE  
& ZIMMERMAN TORNADOES, MAKING IT THE EARLIEST IN THE YEAR A TORNADO  
HAS OCCURRED ON RECORD FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THE NWS DID  
NOT RECEIVE REPORTS OF DAMAGE UNTIL THE EVENING OF MARCH 10 AND  
SUBSEQUENT HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE AREA DID NOT ALLOW FOR A DAMAGE  
SURVEY TO BE UNDERTAKEN UNTIL THE SNOW MELTED.  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OF CHANHASSEN, MN WOULD LIKE TO THANK  
SPOTTERS, STORM CHASERS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT,LOCAL MEDIA, AND THE  
OPERATORS OF WELLS CAMPGROUND FOR REPORTS AND ASSISTANCE PROVIDED  
DURING THE STORMS AND WHILE CONDUCTING THE SURVEY.  
 
   
BRICELYN/FARIBAULT COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 9.6 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 03_06_2017  
START TIME: 5:04 PM CST  
START LOCATION: 0.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF BRICELYN, MN  
 
END DATE: 03_06_2017  
END TIME: 5:15 PM CST  
END LOCATION: 5.5 MILES SOUTH OF WELLS, MN  
 
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES  
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.  
 
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH  
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH  
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH  
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH  
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH  
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH  
 
NOTE:  
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN  
NWS STORM DATA.  
 

 
 
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