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Heavy equipment operators' services were necessary to lift fallen trees off Park Rapids homes Tuesday. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado struck Park Rapids

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado packing wind speeds of 105 mph hit Park Rapids at 10:30 Monday night.

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It was accompanied by a microburst.

"The first sign of touchdown was approximately 5 miles southwest of Park Rapids where a prefabricated home was destroyed," the report states.

The storm continued on a northeast trajectory "touching down periodically as it moved to the west side of Park Rapids," meteorologist Mark Ewens reported.

"EF-1 damage was noted at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds where the roof from the grandstand was lofted approximately 150 yards east severely dam-aging a residential home and a vehicle parked there," the report continues.

"The tornado weakened as it continued northeast causing damage to docks and a pontoon boat on the east end of Fish Hook Lake," the report states.

At that point Ewens estimated it was an EF-0 tornado with wind speeds of 85 mph. The EF-0 tornado touched down again 3 miles northeast of Park Rapids at 10:40 p.m.

"A microburst accompanied the tornado causing a significant amount of damage up to 1 mile to the east of the tornado track," the report states. "Numerous trees and structures were damaged, particularly in the city of Park Rapids. Based on the damage observed maximum wind speeds were estimated around 95 mph" as the storm whooshed through the city.

Three years ago this week an EF-3 tornado caused massive damage to cabins on Pickerel Lake and an EF-2 tornado destroyed turkey barns near Hinds Lake.

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