A combination of flooding rain and tornadoes hammered parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Monday into early Tuesday morning in the latest round of severe weather to hit the Midwest. One twister left widespread moderate damage on the northwest side of Litchfield, Minnesota, just after 5:30 p.m. CDT. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said 15 to 20 homes sustained damaged and two other dwellings are a total loss.

The tornado was confirmed and rated EF2 by the National Weather Service; the twister had maximum wind speeds of 115 mph. “We heard the siren and we knew we had to move, so we took off,” Litchfield resident Diane Kelbing told KARE-TV. “The garage is gone, the shed is gone the snowmobile trailer is gone, we’ve got a snow plow in the tree.” READ MORE