The Mayor of Cannon Falls has declared a State of Emergency following severe weather last night across Southern Minnesota.

Severe thunderstorms was reported just after 7pm. Cannon City officials are in the process of setting up a shelter at the high school for residents of a care center that had to be evacuated due to a generator fire.

Police are also asking bystanders not to sight-see and travelers to avoid the area, saying the extra traffic is making it very hard for the city’s emergency response team to work.

Storm updates can be found on the Cannon Falls Police Department’s Facebook page.

Along with residential and infrastructure damage, severe weather is also responsible for agricultural damage.

Minnesota Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson says thunderstorms moved from the Waterville area up through Northfield night, leaving a wake of destruction.

“We’re hearing that at least four tornadoes were on the ground in the area of Faribault at the same time. The storm moved fast, not to mention all the rain we’ve had so we’ve had some infrastructure damage across that area.”

Fredrickson says FEMA will be assessing the damage.

“That process is beginning right now. There is a protocol that is always followed as you go through this to determine what counties will be eligible for federal emergency management money.”

Frederickson says he feels for the individual farmers caught in the aftermath of the storm.

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