Move over, Florida. New numbers show that Minnesota could finish first when it comes to disaster insurance claims. Last year, Minnesota generated nearly $800 million in claims, and that’s only through the third quarter. If you’re wondering why your premium is going through the roof, you can blame what’s falling on your roof. Hail from storms on Aug. 6 damaged roofs, windows and siding all over the south metro.
A few years back, Kathy Lesicka’s Monticello home had hail damage and needed the roof replaced. Two months after the repairs, her homeowners’ premium increased by $200. “That was the first time we ever claimed, and we were like, ‘We’ve been with you for 20 years, are you kidding me?’” she said.
An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days.
Minneapolis is helping homeowners who lost trees to severe storms. Thousands of trees were knocked down on June 21 when strong winds and heavy rain moved through the metro.
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.
Storms that swept across Minnesota Tuesday brought golf-ball-sized hail that broke through at least one windshield in the southern metro.
Cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere is conducive to the formation of tornadoes — cold air at the surface, not so much. In 2013, cold air has been plentiful in Minnesota. Its prevalence has contributed to reduced numbers of tornadoes during the months which are climatologically most active in the state — May, June and July.
St. Paul’s forestry staff have completed their cleanup effort three and a half weeks after storms knocked down hundreds of trees in the city. According to city officials, the storms on June 21-22 contributed to the fall of more than 500 public trees and numerous private ones. Mayor Chris Coleman applauded city crews for their arduous work.
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.
Ten days after a summer storm socked the Twin Cities, cleanup crews are making the rounds.
Two tree debris drop-off sites that were made available to citizens following last weekend’s destructive storms will stop accepting public debris this weekend.
Lots of people are still feeling the pinch of Friday’s storm, which even changed the landscape of thousands of dinner tables in the Twin Cities.
If a tree falls on your property, you will have to pay out of pocket – insurance or no insurance. Standard homeowner’s policies only cover tree damage if the tree falls onto a home. Troy Thompson of Pinnacle Insurance in Coon Rapids says it can get complicated. “Definitely want to make sure you have homeowners insurance for a situation like this.
Friday’s storms knocked out power to more than half a million Minnesotans and days later, thousands of customers are still in the dark. The city of Minneapolis wants to make sure those without power are staying safe — in the heat and with the food they have left.
The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages