Tornado Reported Near Princeton; Earliest for March

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A confirmed tornado near Zimmerman, Minnesota at 5:49 p.m. Monday.

At 5:56 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over the south side of Princeton, moving northeast at 40 mph.

Law enforcement reported the tornado in east-central Minnesota, about 44 miles northwest of Minneapolis, late Monday afternoon. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Krause says if confirmed, the tornado would be the earliest in the year ever for Minnesota. He says the previous record was a tornado on March 18, 1968, near St. James in southern Minnesota.

The storm also brought hail to central and southern Minnesota. A spotter measured a hailstone of 4 inches near Cokato.

The Weather Service says a wind gust of 62 mph was reported near Pierz in central Minnesota.

In southeastern Minnesota, a large grain elevator collapsed in Clarks Grove, and there were numerous reports of building damage.

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