ST. JAMES — Storm spotters reported tornado touchdowns near St. James and Lake Crystal Thursday afternoon.
A tornado that touched down near St. James did not cause damage.
Watonwan County Sheriff's Department said the tornado touched down at 4:35 p.m. near the southwest edge of town.
The storm system headed east toward the Madelia area. A tornado also touched down at 5:12 p.m. six miles west/southwest of Lake Crystal. A Blue Earth County trained spotter reported a tornado on the ground.
Several large trees and power poles were snapped off by strong wind gusts generated by a thunderstorm that moved across Waseca Thursday afternoon.
Authorities received multiple damage reports caused by the storm which moved from the south to the north across the city between 2:55 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.