The EF1 tornado touched down at 4:28 p.m., July 28, with estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The length of its path was 6.6 miles. Maximum width: 1/4 mile. No injuries or deaths were reported.
The tornado that hit Scandia was one of six associated with a storm moving across central and east-central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin. According to NWS, there were three EF1 tornadoes and three EF0s, relatively low on the scale of 0 to 5. Scandia's started on the south side of Keewahtin Lake (aka Sylvan Lake) in the outskirts of Forest Lake. It continued northeast on a broken path through Bone Lake and ended just south of Spider Lake in Chisago County.
With peak winds estimate at 90 mph, the tornado destroyed a barn and private wedding venue near Olinda Trail and 259th Street. The worst damage, according to the NWS, occurred to a farm near 268th Street east of Olympic Trail in Franconia Township, severely damaging a shed and pole barn.
Damage to homes and other property was also reported, especially near Bone Lake in Scandia. Trees were snapped or uprooted along the tornado’s path.
The storm continued into Wisconsin. An EF1 touched down in Luck and an EF0 in Barron.`