From the National Weather Service: A damage survey team confirmed an EF0 tornado 3.5 miles southeast of Belle Plaine yesterday, July 15th at 7:04pm.
Max winds: 80 mph, Max width: 100 yards, Path length: 500 yards.
Prior to the storms arriving in the area on July 15, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division activated its trained weather spotters at approximately 5:30 p.m. Belle Plaine Fire Department was also activated for weather spotting.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Scott County at 5:44 p.m. and a flash flood warning at 6:49 p.m.
At 6:58 p.m., the NWS issued a tornado warning for southern Scott County after radar-indicated rotation was detected near Belle Plaine. Outdoor warning sirens were then activated in Belle Plaine and New Prague.
There were several reports of wind damage in Belle Plaine Township between Hickory Boulevard and Union Hill Boulevard. In addition to the damage done to Keith and Dawn Buszmann’s farm located on the 8300 block of Union Hill Boulevard in Belle Plaine, other damages were reported in the area of downed power lines, downed trees, and other debris.
Significant wind damage was also reported in Savage and quarter-sized hail was reported in Lydia in Spring Lake Township. There was minor street flooding in the northern sections of Shakopee and Savage.
No weather-related injuries were reported as a result of this storm.
“Despite the damage, we are fortunate that no one was hurt,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen. “Residents were alerted by the outdoor warning sirens and were able to seek shelter and stay safe.”
The National Weather Service will be sending assessment teams to survey the damage of the impacted areas. As of press time, the NWS has not made an official determination of tornadic damage in Scott County.