A tornado tore through Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona early Wednesday, with 95 mph winds that toppled trees and damaged a building and headstones.

The storm also knocked down trees and powerlines elsewhere in the city, causing a number of power outages.

Most of the power had been restored by Wednesday afternoon. By 2:20 p.m., Xcel Energy reported there were still 29 customers without power. The outage started at 6:33 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has determined the tornado that roared through the cemetery was rated EF1 and lasted from 6:23 to 6:24 a.m. Wednesday.

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The tornado moved less than a quarter mile. It was approximately 80 yards wide, officials said.

Several trees were damaged by the high winds. Some of those fell onto a building and headstones.

The cemetery is closed until further notice.

Funerals will be arranged depending on the ability to access the burial plots.

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So much for the old adage that tornadoes never hit Winona


Good thing the nwsnhad a tornado watch going..oh wait

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