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Austin tornado reached EF2 strength

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) -- Daylight has revealed the path of destruction left by an apparent tornado in Austin. Vehicles have been tossed about, homes have sustained significant damage and power lines have been knocked down.

Austin Police Chief Paul Philipp reports that fortunately there were no serious injuries. Philipp surveyed the damage by helicopter this morning.

The National Weather Service said it appears a tornado touched down about 8 p.m. in Austin. The storm flipped cars on their sides and sent trees through roofs. It also flipped a semi on its side. A dispatcher in the Mower County Sheriff's Office said there was a report of a car blown into a house.

Philipp said he saw three tornado touchdowns in Austin, including one at a distance of about 100 yards.

Tornado touchdowns were reported elsewhere in southern Minnesota, and those reports were also awaiting confirmation.

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