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
A young man heading out to dinner during Friday night’s storm says he didn’t see it coming. Bret Rademacher narrowly escaped being crushed by a falling tree in Minneapolis. Physically he’s fine – there’s not a scratch on him, which is hard to believe when you see what’s left of his car.
Communities across the Twin Cities are cleaning up trees and branches knocked down by three waves of heavy storms since early Friday. Minneapolis has announced plans for debris collection beginning July 1 to help people get rid of the downed wood in their yards. St. Paul plans a similar curbside pickup within the next three weeks.
Some metro businesses with power are allowing people to come in and charge their cell phones. All Cub Food stores have power stripes set up at the service desk to let shoppers recharge as they buy food. Craig Striech is manager of the store in Plymouth
It was a stressful morning for patients and staff at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in North Minneapolis. NorthPoint CEO Stella Whitney-West says a call to the utility company proved futile. “We immediately tried to call in to Xcel,” Whitney-West said. “Of course, we couldn’t get through.” But the phone calls didn’t stop there.
A June storm has brought heavy rain and hail to parts of southern Minnesota. The storm rolled across the south-central part of the state and the Twin Cities Wednesday morning.
The skies turn gray. The lightning cracks. Thunder booms. For most of us, a fleeting moment of fear is as bad as it gets. “Even when there’s not a storm, [kids are] checking the weather, they’re feeling nervous if it gets overcast. That’s different,” said Dr. Steven Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic child psychologist who specializes in anxiety.
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It was a nice tiny break of sunshine in between thunderstorms but it appears the clouds are moving in once again.
Here’s a gallery of viewer-submitted photos documenting severe weather — thunderstorms, hail, heavy rain, tornadoes — in the warm months of 2013.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a federal disaster declaration for Minnesota after an ice storm paralyzed the southwest part of the state.
Snow and rain will continue to fall throughout Minnesota well into Sunday with the possibility of a big snow storm beginning Sunday night in the extreme southwestern part of the state.
Students across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin had their school starts delayed, if not put off altogether for the day. Hundreds of schools canceled classes as a major snowstorm moved into the area.
A University of Michigan expert says climate change is likely to cause bigger storms in the Great Lakes region over the next century, which could worsen the problem of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie.
Crews are working to clear the main streets in Rochester after a powerful storm swept through, knocked down trees, scattered debris and ignited a house fire.
The severe storms that swept through McLeod County Thursday night dropped trees and power lines, according to reports.
All 150 National Weather Service Doppler radars across the country are currently being upgraded with a new technology. Called “Dual-Polarization”, or Dual-Pol, it’s the largest and most advanced since Doppler technology was introduced in 1988.
Two Minnesota storms have left a mark so big, it’ll take several years to clean up the damage. “I see trees and sticks all over the place,” said one little girl who was caught up in one of the storms east of Hinckley, Minn in July.
Xcel Energy has restored power to customers in downtown Minneapolis, after nearly one-third of them lost power for about an hour and a half Tuesday morning.
Officials in Beltrami County are looking for volunteers to help with storm damage, as the area continues to deal with the aftermath of its early July storms.
Thirteen Minnesota counties and three tribal nations have been declared major disaster areas, and are now eligible for federal public assistance.
The gusty storms that tore through northern Minnesota Monday night have left some campgrounds closed until further notice, according to state officials.
Two vehicles in central Wisconsin plunged into a ravine created when heavy rains washed away a 50-foot stretch of highway, killing three people, authorities said Thursday.
The National Weather Service says rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday in Duluth is a record breaker. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Kraujalis says it’s the wettest two-day period in Duluth history.