Two tornadoes touch down near Spencer Saturday
An afternoon siren, interrupting prom pictures for many in Clay County, sent area residents scrambling for shelter.
A tornado warning was issued for the county after 4 p.m. as dark clouds delivered heavy rain and pea-sized hail pelted the Spencer area.
Eric Tigges, Clay County Emergency Management director, said he was out of town Saturday, but said the National Weather Service confirmed a pair of tornadoes touched down.
"The National Weather Service said they had two confirmed tornadoes on the ground in Clay County. One was on the ground west of Fostoria and the second was on the ground for about one minute 10 miles southeast of Dickens," Tigges said.
"The National Weather Service called them 'brief spin-ups' -- basically a very weak EF0 tornado."
Neither tornado produced any damage as they were down in rural areas.
One of the tornadoes was on the ground for about three minutes just before 4:30 p.m. three miles southeast of Spencer.
Another tornado, which was reported to have touched down about 10 miles southeast of Dickens, was reported to have remained on the ground for approximately one minute.
Cloud rotation and additional funnel clouds, which never touched the ground, were also reported.