Tornado warnings rattle upper Midwest as storms hit

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Posted: Jun 22, 2011 4:55 PM
Tornado warnings rattle upper Midwest as storms hit

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Midwest on Tuesday night and the National Weather Service reported a possible tornado touchdown in a Minneapolis suburb that resulted in no injuries.

The renewed storm activity came less than a month after a massive tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, and killed 155 people in the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in more than 60 years.

The National Weather Service said numerous rotating thunderstorms across central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin produced one report of a tornado. Warnings were issued for many areas, including the Chicago suburbs.

The possible tornado touchdown occurred in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids, where trees were knocked down and garages appear to have been damaged, an emergency dispatcher for Coon Rapids police said.

There were no injuries reported, the dispatcher said.

The National Weather Service planned to verify on Wednesday whether a tornado had actually touched down in Coon Rapids.

The agency also issued tornado warnings for eastern Lake County, Illinois, which is near Chicago, and it gave out less urgent tornado watch advisories for broad swaths of Michigan.

(Reporting by David Bailey: Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Peter Bohan)