June and July are the biggest months for tornadoes in Minnesota, but the rest of the country is already off to a deadly start — including the largest tornado on record. The tornado that hit El Reno, Okla., measured 2.6 miles wide.
There are now 13 people confirmed dead from the latest outbreak after a series of twisters Friday in the Oklahoma City area.
Three experienced storm chasers are also among the dead. Tim Samaras, his son, Paul, and Carl Young were killed near the town of El Reno.
Victims of last week’s deadly tornado in Oklahoma say they will rebuild. And Minnesotans want to help.
A Hudson Wis., businessman is holding a donation drive he hopes will fill a rental truck with supplies for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Paul Rode has filled 26 foot trailer trucks before when disaster strikes. He’s trying to do it again and has the trucks parked across the street from his restaurant Agave Kitchen in Hudson.
Those scenes in Oklahoma are painful reminders for thousands of people in Minneapolis who survived a tornado that happened two years ago today. The deadly tornado that struck north Minneapolis hit on a Sunday afternoon and tore a nearly three-mile path of destruction.
Helmeted rescue workers raced Tuesday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children.
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.
From a meteorological standpoint, conditions for severe weather were perfect Monday. As many as 28 tornadoes struck the Midwest.
Two years ago, a tornado ripped through the heart of North Minneapolis, leaving behind damage usually not seen in the urban core.
Near the doorway of an Anoka-Hennepin School District classroom is an emergency guide. One of the tabs reads “tornado.” Alongside the guide is also a map of the school. Some of the rooms are colored yellow to signify they are safe evacuation zones.
Minnesota’s State Emergency Director is advising preparedness in Minnesota after Oklahoma’s tornado.
It’s been more than 20 years since the last extremely powerful tornado hit Minnesota. It was in 1992 in the community of Chandler. The weather service estimated winds of 260 miles per hour. They rated it “F5.”
There is some amazing video, horrifying stories and happy stories coming out of Moore, OK. Take a look at the video below and also check out this story of a woman pulled from the rubble […]
Help victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma by donating $10 to the American Red Cross.
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 37 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise. The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, south of the city. Block after block of the community lay in ruins.
Here’s a gallery of viewer-submitted photos documenting severe weather — thunderstorms, hail, heavy rain, tornadoes — in the warm months of 2013.
Iowa is about to tie a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado.
Wisconsin has postponed a statewide tornado drill because of the threat of severe weather.
Don’t be fooled if you hear tornado sirens around the Twin Cities metro this week. It’s time to get ready for when severe weather could strike.
The National Weather Service says a tornado warning issued Monday was meant to be a test.
Residents in parts of the Twin Cities woke up to down power lines and trees, which littered parts of the east metro.
Gov. Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail today, but refrained again from criticizing President Obama in light of the disaster on the East Coast.
For Jenae and Travis Hutchins returning to what had been their home isn’t easy. For the schoolteacher and nurse, the excitement of maintaining their first home has suddenly changed into overwhelming anxiety and stress.
Thunderstorms Sunday night damaged barns, blew out power and brought golf-ball sized hail in southern Minnesota.
The cleanup has already started in Wisconsin from storms that packed heavy rain, high wind and even a tornado.