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29 homes destroyed in Forada, while about 70 more sustained severe to minor damage; tornado rated EF-2

Clean-up efforts continue in not only Forada, but other areas of Douglas County, including Nelson and Osakis.

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A set of stairs remains on a building near a residence on South Maple Lake Road SE along Maple Lake near Forada. A tornado ripped through the area Monday, May 30, 2022, around 4:30 p.m.
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FORADA — Despite there being about 100 homes hit by the tornado that ripped through Douglas County near Forada Monday afternoon, May 30, there have only been reports of minor injuries likes cuts and bruises, according to Julie Anderson from Douglas County Emergency Management.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, May 31, the U.S. National Weather Service out of the Twin Cities posted on their Facebook page that the Forada tornado was rated as an EF-2 with winds up to 120 mph.

As of Tuesday, May 31, she said the American Red Cross was able to view 101 homes in the city of Forada and Hudson Township and that 29 were destroyed, 26 have major damage while the rest have minor damage.

Clean up continues in the city of Forada, Hudson Township, and is well underway across many areas of Douglas County, following a National Weather Service-confirmed tornado. The National Weather Service toured the damaged areas on Tuesday, May 31.

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Anderson said the Forada Fire Station has been staffed with volunteers, who spent Tuesday registering homeowners and entering the damage area to inspect their properties. More than 135 had registered as of 4 p.m. on May 31.

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Contractors, insurance professionals and volunteers with a relationship to a resident, were allowed into the Forada area to remove trees from homes, clear debris and begin the clean-up process. All other people are being asked to stay away from the area.
According to the National Weather Service's Facebook page for the Twin Cities area, survey teams are currently assessing the damage across parts of Douglas and Todd counties. Nelson and Osakis areas were also hit hard and had extensive damage.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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