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Storm chaser livestream confirms tornado between Crosby, Aitkin

A radar image from the National Weather Service shows two tornado warnings in effect about 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Meteorologists later confirmed through storm chaser video and local 911 operators that a tornado touched down between Aitkin and Crosby.
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A radar image from the National Weather Service shows two tornado warnings in effect about 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Meteorologists later confirmed through storm chaser video and local 911 operators that a tornado touched down between Aitkin and Crosby.

The National Weather Service in Duluth confirmed the sighting was also reported by 911 dispatchers, and a second video shows the tornado between Aitkin and Glen.

Read an updated story here.


AITKIN — A YouTube livestream from a crew of storm chasers confirmed a tornado Wednesday night, June 12, between Aitkin and Crosby.

The National Weather Service in Duluth confirmed the sighting was also reported by 911 dispatchers.

Storm chaser Reed Timmer and guest chaser Edgar O'Neal shared footage of the storm from the west and the east, with the funnel appearing to form as one of the livestreams broadcasted from west of Aitkin.

The tornado was spotted again on the ground between Aitkin and Glen by Ben McHone in a video shared on X.

The weather service received at least two reports of heavy damage in the Crosslake area and extensive trees down in Wolford Township, 5 miles north of Crosby. A trailer home was also reportedly overturned in Wolford.

Several reports of hail across the region, including hail about 2 inches in diameter in Chisholm, were also received by the Duluth office of the National Weather Service.

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