Just after 10pm on Monday September 12, 2005 with virtually no warning, an F1 tornado cut across the eastern bay of Lake Sarah leaving a damage path that began on the westernmost end of Woodhill Drive and the similiar portion of Sunset Lane across the lake. Most of the damage was to boats, docks, lifts and trees with some significant structural damage to a few properties at the end of Woodhill Drive. Luckily no injuries were reported.
NOAA weather service chanhassen declared September 12th Damage in Northwest Hennepin County Confirmed Tornado....NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FROM THE STORMS ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 12TH...NORTHWEST HENNEPIN COUNTY DAMAGE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHANHASSEN INSPECTED STORM DAMAGE AND FOUND EVIDENCE OF A TORNADO ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN HENNEPIN COUNTY. THIS TWISTER MOVED ACROSS THE CITIES OF INDEPENDENCE, GREENFIELD, AND CORCORAN. THE TORNADO, RATED AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE, HAD A PATH LENGTH OF THREE MILES AND WAS 30 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO COMMENCED AT 10:15 PM CDT AT THE INTERSECTION OF HENNEPIN COUNTY ROADS 11 AND 90 THEN CROSSED LAKE SARAH. ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF LAKE SARAH...ONE HOME SUSTAINED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WITH AN ATTACHED GARAGE DESTROYED. SEVERAL 2 TO 3 FOOT DIAMETER TREES ALONG THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF LAKE SARAH WERE TOPPLED. A SMALL AIRPLANE HANGER WAS BLOWN AWAY ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF LAKE SARAH AND HUNDREDS OF 1 TO 2 FOOT DIAMETER TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN. TWO HOMES WERE DAMAGED JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 55 IN GREENFIELD. WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT AND SECOND FLOOR EXTERIOR WALLS WERE DAMAGED AT ONE RESIDENCE. AN ATTACHED GARAGE WAS DESTROYED AT A SECOND RESIDENCE. A BARN WAS DESTROYED NEAR COUNTY ROAD 19 AND PIONEER TRAIL IN CORCORAN WHERE THE DAMAGE PATH ENDED AT APPROXIMATELY 10:20 PM. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_story.php?wfo=mpx&sid=1296
Storm damage photos below, click on the thumbnails to view full size photos. First set of images taken by Missy Sorensen. Photos used by permission, please seek permission from the above persons if any of the below images are to be downloaded for purposes other than personal use.
Storm damage photos below, click on the thumbnails to view full size photos. Second set of photos taken by Todd Zaugg. Photos used by permission, please seek permission from the above persons if any of the below images are to be downloaded for purposes other than personal use.
Storm damage photos below, click on the thumbnails to view full size photos. Third set of images by Cheryl Wise. Photos used by permission, please seek permission from the above persons if any of the below images are to be downloaded for purposes other than personal use.
Doug & Helen Campbell - Woodhill Drive - Doug and I would like to convey our appreciation to our friends on Lake Sarah and the surrounding area for all of the hard work, food and the support. It's been an emotional ride for all of us here on Woodhill Drive (or should we say Tornado Alley). We feel so fortunate to have such great friends and families.
All we can say is "THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!"
Doug & Traci Lawman - Woodhill Dr. - To all those that helped us with lawn clean-up, moving Water Tubes, helping us with our dock, and moral support - THANKS SO MUCH - is just not enough! Alot of Woodhill Drive got hit real hard and we are all so thankful that no one got hurt. If anyone ever needs any wood this winter for your fireplace or firepit you'll know where to come! Although this was a scary experience, as newcomers to the Lake Sarah community we feel like we've been welcomed with open arms! The Lawman Family. P.S. We are still looking for our water trampoline, we think it ran off with the Campbell's land trampoline!
Kirk & Britta Reierson - Woodhill Drive emailed "we had some wonderful folks help us with storm damage today (Wednesday). I know there was a lot of lake sarah neighbors who have pitched in and helped out the whole block on Woodhill. Personally, we wish to thank the six powerlifters and the single wonder woman who managed to hoist our playset into its rightful position. We were told that Bob, Mike, Paul, & Ginny may have been part of the powerlifting team. THANK YOU!- the Reiersons!
Andy & Missy Sorenson - Sunset Lane report "The storm took out our deck, lift, boat, dock and some trees. It flipped upside down five boats and lifts in total on our side. We got our lifts and docks dismantled, as far as we could, and the tree trimmers have been taking care of the rest of the stuff. Its just a shame our boating season has come to an abrupt end."