MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In Minnesota, May and June are typically the worst months when it comes to severe weather and more than half of federally declared disasters are due to severe weather.
That’s why Minnesota has declared this Severe Weather Awareness Week and on Thursday tornado sirens will sound off statewide.
“We think there’s a gap in severe weather awareness related training,” said Eric Waage, director of Emergency Management for Hennepin County. “We want to step in there and fill that gap.”
Waage said looking at severe weather data and insurance data in Minnesota, you can see severe weather episodes are raising and more insurance claims are being filed over the last two decades.
“We think the atmosphere is becoming more violent, more intense,” Waage said.