Undated (KROC AM News) - It’s a big mess in parts of SE Minnesota where suspected tornadoes struck Thursday evening.

Cities including Owatonna, Faribault, Northfield and Cannon Falls are reporting widespread damage.

The mayor of Cannon Falls has declared a state of emergency because of the widespread damage in the city.

According to the city’s Facebook page, “a significant part of the City is without power, and some roads are still blocked by powerlines and trees, including State Highway 20. The City is in the process of setting up a shelter at the High School for residents affected and to shelter residents from a care center that needs to be evacuated because of a generator fire.”

National Weather Service assessment teams are surveying the storm zone to determine the strength of the tornadoes.

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