F3 tornado strikes southern Le Sueur County

Jay Schneider, Lake Region Life/Elysian Enterprise

Devastation, recovery and thankfulness are the words on the tongues of hundreds of residents in Nicollet and southern Le Sueur counties following the storm Thursday night, Aug. 24, which steamrolled through the two counties.

According to the National Weather Service the storm, which was listed as an F3 (158 to 206 miles per hour), was only the second tornado of this size to strike Le Sueur County since 1950.

The last one that hit this county was in March of 1998, a storm which demolished much of the City of St.

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