Tornadoes reported in Burnsville, Eagan

Saturday night storms leave behind trail of downed trees, power lines

One Burnsville resident was relaxing in her hot tub Saturday night when winds picked up so much she decided to go inside.

“Within five minutes, it hit,” she wrote in an email. “Then we heard a rumble, trees flying everywhere, felt like the air sucked out of the house.”

Her house was struck at about 11 p.m. Saturday night by an unseasonable tornado that knocked down trees and power lines and ripped the cover off her hot tub.

“We had a brush with disaster,” she said of the storm that was not preceded by warning sirens. “No lives lost but it was truly a tornado, we are grateful.”

It’s not the time of year one would expect tornadoes in Dakota County, but at least two were reported at about 11 p.m. Saturday night in Burnsville and Eagan, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

The EF0 tornadoes, the lowest on the 0-5 scale, were reported with wind speeds of 75-80 mph in Burnsville just northeast of the intersection of County Road 5 and McAndrews Road and tracked northeast to just southwest of the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Highway 11 and in Eagan near Skyline Drive east of Highway 13 and tracked northeast to Lost Spur Golf Course just south of Interstate 494.

Numerous trees and power lines were blown down with some falling on houses in both Eagan and Burnsville where otherwise there were reports of little structural damage, according to the National Weather Service report on Nov. 11. Trees reportedly were also blown down in Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights.

In Burnsville, shingles were ripped off one roof, a stop sign was bent to the ground and a grill lid was blown about 200 yards near Nicollet Junior High School.

The last November tornado recorded in Minnesota occurred Nov. 1, 2000, according to a Pioneer Press report.