WILLMAR, Minn., July 12 (UPI) -- Authorities were assessing
damage Saturday after a tornado struck near Willmar, Minn.,
destroying three homes and cutting a nine-mile swath of destruction.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said the tornado hit
11 homes, destroying three of them and damaging eight others in the
small western Minnesota city, located 95 miles west of Minneapolis,
the (Willmar, Minn.) West Central Tribune reported.
The twister struck at dusk Friday and hit a commercial
turkey-processing facility, lifting two turkey barns off the ground.
Most of the 6,000 turkeys were unscathed and were still sitting
within the rectangular formation of the barn a half-hour after the
tornado hit, the newspaper said.
The roof of another turkey barn across the highway was torn
off and two unidentified workers there reportedly were injured and
taken to Rice Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The hospital told the
Tribune that only one injury related to the tornado, and that
patient was treated and released.