Tornado Hits Litchfield and Watkins 12 Jul 16

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Tornadoes have struck towns in central Minnesota, damaging homes and knocking out power.

Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a tornado struck the northwest side of Litchfield late Monday afternoon. Cruze says the storm damaged a couple of trailer homes, and he says two other homes will be a total loss.

Cruze says the tornado skipped over town, and then hit the town of Watkins, where it damaged homes and a nursing home. Power was out Monday evening in northwest Litchfield and Watkins.

Authorities received one report of minor injuries in Watkins.

The National Weather Service says law enforcement also reported a tornado touchdown around 6:30 p.m. Monday three miles east of Rockville, in Stearns County.

Flooding remained a threat in east-central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, where the National Weather Service warned up to 10 inches of rain had fallen in some areas.