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A National Weather Service storm damage assessment team completed a survey of the Warroad community and affected rural areas across eastern Roseau and western Lake of the Woods counties. Ground tracks, photographic and video evidence, and eyewitness reports indicate that at least three additional distinct tornadoes occurred along an approximate 19 mile arching path beginning about 8 miles WNW of Warroad around 641 pm, through the community of Warroad around 704 to 712 pm, to about 3 miles NNE of Roosevelt around 740 pm. All of these tornadoes were generated by the same parent supercell thunderstorm which also spread heavy rains and hail up to softball size from the ROSEAU port of entry at MN HWY 310 past the community of Baudette and MN Hwy 72. This survey resulted in confirmation of the strongest tornado, an F3, on August 5, 2006 in the Warroad, Minnesota area to date. Reportedly there were no significant injuries or fatalities since the campground had been largely evacuated by the Warroad Police Department in advance of the tornado.

Additional tornado damage tracks were still being analyzed with civil air patrol flights and ground evidence after the storm damage survey was completed, resulting in confirmation of at least 3 additional weak tornadoes occurring in portions of Ransom, Richland, and Cass counties in North Dakota and several other tornadoes in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties in Minnesota.

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