UPDATED: Possible Tornadic Activity Near Henning

UPDATED: Possible Tornadic Activity Near Henning Click to Enlarge

Local Law Enforcement was alerted to possible funnel clouds and brief tornadic activity yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:22pm of a possible touchdown in the area of County Road 65 and County Road 134 south of Henning.

The Sheriff’s Office says first responders located an area on County Road 134 where witnesses had reported a brief possible touchdown, with the only damage being windrows of oats that were tossed on top of the power lines and a fence along a field. Meteorologist Ray Miller with the Weather Eye Weather Center says it’s kind of a rare phenomenon…

Henning Tornadic Activity Ray Miller AUDIO

“…What's happening with this is there's just a lot of rotation in the atmosphere, a lot of wind shear so even a relatively weak thunderstorm can produce a brief funnel cloud and occasionally those funnel clouds can't even reach the ground, so they tend to be extremely weak and they tend not to do very much if any damage at all and so that's why the Weather Service held off on issuing tornado warning for that activity, so kind of a unique situation not to all that unheard-of it happens a couple of times every year…”

Members of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Henning Police and Fire, Parkers Prairie and Deer Creek Fire Departments checked the possible area of the travel of the storm and no other damage was located and no injuries were reported.

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