Rare November tornado’s strike the Midwest on Sunday.
As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement. Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out and “right on top” of them, Zehr said.
Xcel Energy says that about 23,000 people were without power in the Twin Cities metro area after severe thunderstorms rolled through Thursday morning.
Many of you ended up with dents in your cars and roofs from all of the hail that came down last night. Reports ranged from hail the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball.
There weren’t any tornadoes but severe thunderstorms packed a punch across the metro Tuesday night, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people around the metro.
A tornado watch is out until 9 p.m. across Minnesota’s midsection as intense thunderstorms pop up across the area. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado north of Willmar in west-central Minnesota about 5:15 p.m., but there were no immediate reports of a touchdown.
State and federal officials are fanning out this week across 18 Minnesota counties for briefings with local leaders about available aid to recover from severe storms in late June. The contingent from Minnesota’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be joined by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Some of Saturday morning’s worst weather hit as athletes were preparing for the annual Lifetime Tri Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis. The final steps of any triathlon are reason to celebrate, but the finish line at the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis also meant victory over unexpected obstacles.
It’s been two weeks since a pair of violent storms brought down thousands of tree limbs and, in many cases, entire trees. At the corner of 42nd Avenue East near Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis, residents are trying to be understanding.
It has been four days since a pair of powerful thunderstorms moved through the Twin Cities, and thousands of residents still don’t have power. At its peak, Friday’s storms knocked out power to 610,000 homes and businesses.
Work continues to restore power to thousands still in the dark after Friday’s powerful storms. Xcel Energy said this has been the worst power outage the state has ever seen. After a peak of 610,000 customers without power after Friday night’s storms, that number is now down to 28,574, as of 9 p.m. Xcel said that most of the power outages are now contained to Minneapolis and the western suburbs.
Another night of stormy weather is forecast for Minnesota, following high winds and heavy rains that uprooted trees and knocked out power across a large part of the state early Friday. The NWS has issued a tornado watch for roughly the southwest quarter of the state.
The National Weather Service says several communities in west-central Minnesota are experiencing flash flooding following severe thunderstorms. Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck are among those that flooded after big downpours.
Every time there is the threat of a tornado, hundreds of storm chasers take their cameras and drive towards the danger. On Friday, three of the most respected chasers died during a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. Meteorologist Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their friend Carl Young were killed when their car got caught up in the twister.
If you’re out and about Wednesday afternoon and evening, you’re encouraged to have a radio near you and be prepared for rough weather. By late afternoon, a more organized pattern of strong storms is expected to develop in southern and western Minnesota and head toward the Twin Cities metro.