First Hand Accounts of Tornado that Touched Down near Remer

By KBJR News 1

August 31, 2013 Updated Aug 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM CDT

Remer, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a broad and weak tornado touched down in Cass County Thursday, gradually intensifying as it neared the town of Remer.

"It was really kind of scary for a few minutes. I kind of thought we were going to get hit," said Shannon Wagner.

Shannon Wagner of Hill City took cover underneath stairs in her home with her son. Luckily the tornado stopped just south of Hill City after traveling ten to 15 miles.

Roger Murray was at Harry's Bar as sirens blared and the skies went black.

"When it gets nice and calm like that, them clouds start moving like that, you know there's something wrong,' said Murray.

The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down just north of Remer. Rick Blundell lives in the area and says the conditions changed so fast, it left him stranded in his garage.

"When the tools and stuff started on my garage walls were coming were coming off the wall I started to panic," said Blundell.

Blundell had no idea trees fell on his house, causing massive damage, but he is grateful no one was hurt.

The National Weather Service spent the day in Remer surveying damage. They found a seven mile stretch of forest with a clear path of destruction.

"The Damage I've seen, luckily, is mainly to trees lots of trees blown over and the structural damage that we have seen is due to trees falling on them," said Carol Christenson with the National Weather Service in Duluth.

The weather service says tornadoes are rare, especially in these areas. It could be sometime before we know the exact size, path and damage left behind by the twister.

"Certainly our most significant severe weather event of 2013 across the Northland. It's been a fairly quiet severe weather season so far until this last week or 10 days or so. Kind of coincidence with the heat and humidity," said Dan Miller, Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Duluth.

A second storm caused large hail and wind damage across southern and central Aitkin County. The national Weather Service says they are not prepared to say whether it was another tornado, but they will be traveling there to scout out damage.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati