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September 21, 2018
UPDATED AT 0930 HOURS
MEDIA RELEASE: SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGES RICE COUNTY
For Immediate Release
At 6:20 pm, Rice County was put into a tornado warning. The severe weather first entered Rice County south of Morristown. The path continued through the southeast portion of Morristown and continued northeast towards Faribault. The storm continued through the county northeast towards Dundas, Northfield and Dennison.
Approximately a dozen homes are uninhabitable in the city of Morristown, with another two dozen that have sustained damages. In Morristown Township, at least 6 residences and outbuildings have been severely damaged. At this time, there have been no reported injuries in Morristown.
A number of crashes were reported as a result of the storms as well. No serious injuries have been reported.
A number of boats and watercraft have been flipped over or blown away from the shore lines on Cedar and Roberds Lakes. A number of vehicles have also been damaged due to debris and trees falling on them. We have significant structural damage reported in Shieldsville, Wells, Cannon City and Northfield townships. A number of homes and outbuildings have been severely damaged or destroyed as well as a loss of livestock. We are continuing to assess the damages and ask that our citizens as well as the general public refrain from driving or walking in the storm ravaged areas. As the clean-up process begins, many of these areas remain unsafe due to debris that has been displaced throughout the area.
The utility companies have been notified and do not have an estimated time for repairs or return of power.
Sheriff Troy Dunn – Rice County Sheriff’s Office