Storms

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Potentially Severe Storms Moving Into Minn. Wednesday Night

Our warmest temperatures so far this year are setting the stage for a potentially stormy night. A line of storms will develop from the Twin Cities through southern Minnesota this evening and carry with it a chance for severe storms to develop.

04/01/2015

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Weather Blog: New, Expanded Weather Risk Categories

Starting Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center, the arm of the National Weather Service responsible for issuing all severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings, will utilize expanded severe weather risk categories for 1 to 3 day convective outlooks.

10/22/2014

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Road Salt Prices Jump, But MnDOT Says They’re Prepared

As we shift into fall, state leaders are already thinking about clearing snow from the roads. And in some cases, what they’re finding is a big increase in the price of road salt. The demand for road salt is outpacing the supply. A trade group for salt mines says they can’t produce it as fast as states and cities are ordering it.

09/30/2014

Tornado Warning 9-4-14

PODCAST PAGE: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 9-4-14 John Hines Fills In

John Hines sits in for Dave Lee and finds out about severe weather in Central Minnesota.

09/04/2014

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Flash Flood, Thunderstorm Warnings Posted

More strong thunderstorms are rolling across Minnesota, a day after heavy rain caused street flooding and hail wiped out an orchard’s apple crop. The National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm warning for Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties early Thursday.

09/04/2014

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Severe Storms Roll Through MN, More Expected

The WCCO Weather Watcher is now flashing green, which means that there could be severe storms coming to your scene. Already on Wednesday, some parts of the state saw significant rains as a line of severe storms rolled through the center of the state.

09/03/2014

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FEMA Rejects Dakota Co. For Disaster Declaration

The federal government has denied Minnesota’s request to add Dakota County to a disaster declaration for recent severe storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the state about the rejection late Tuesday.

08/27/2014

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Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Amid Flooding

The Mankato area was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning the Twin Cities was getting its turn. Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rain raced through the metro early Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing traffic problems.

06/19/2014

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Storms Prompt Canterbury To Cancel Racing Thursday

Canterbury Park has canceled Thursday evening’s races because of severe thunderstorms moving through the Twin Cities.

06/19/2014

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Storms Soak Southern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota got hit the hardest Monday by severe thunderstorms as rains fell across the majority of the state. In Spicer, near Willmar, Minn., high winds tore docks on Green Lake apart. ​”Last couple of hours been pretty hectic. I mean there is a lot of lightning thunder,” Trent Churchil, of Fairbault, said.

06/16/2014

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Minn. Storm Causes Massive Sinkhole, Mobile Park Damage

We’re seeing the effects of all that rainfall in several spots around the metro. Strong winds and soggy ground were too much for the trees at a mobile home park in Princeton. More than a dozen huge trees fell, damaging homes and cars.

06/01/2014

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Tornadoes, Severe Storms Roll Through Minnesota

Heavy rain, hail, strong winds and tornado warnings befell southern Minnesota Thursday afternoon as severe storms rolled into the state, moving north and east.

05/08/2014

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Minn. May Lead US In 2013 Natural Disaster Claims

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.

01/09/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Our Insurance Rates Rise So Quickly?

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.

10/03/2013

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Unusual Strong Storm Front Threatens Midwest

An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days.

10/03/2013

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Lose Trees To Metro Storms? Mpls. Is Offering Help

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.

08/30/2013

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Good Question: Why Are Hailstones Different Sizes?

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.

08/07/2013

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Storms Bring Damaging Hail, Winds To Twin Cities Metro

Storms that swept across Minnesota Tuesday brought golf-ball-sized hail that broke through at least one windshield in the southern metro.

08/06/2013

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Weather Blog: The 2013 Minnesota Tornado Drought

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.

07/30/2013

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St. Paul Forestry Crews Finish Tree Cleanup, Shift Focus To Parks

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.

07/19/2013

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Weeks After Storms, Mpls. Streets Still Littered With Trees

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.

07/05/2013

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Mpls. City Workers Picking Up Tree Debris At The Curb

Ten days after a summer storm socked the Twin Cities, cleanup crews are making the rounds.

07/01/2013

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2 Mpls Tree Debris Drop-Off Sites To Close Saturday

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.

06/28/2013

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Thousands Wait For Food Stamps After Outages Gut Refrigerators

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.

06/26/2013

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Insurance and Storms: It‘s Tricky

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.

06/24/2013

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