Tuesday, April 16, 2013
There will be a statewide drill at 1:45 p.m.
Get ready. Though the snow hasn't yet thawed (and still keeps coming), one hallmark of spring is on the way: Tornado Drill Day. The Minnesota Dpeartment of Public Safety has issued an alert to all residents to prepare for a statewide drill on Thursday April 18, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. to give schools, business, hospitals and other organizations a chance to practice their emergency plans. Most counties—but not all—will also conduct a second drill 6:55 p.m. Don't know what to do?
Monday, August 6, 2012
The annual all-night walk-a-thon was cut short by a severe thunderstorm, but those involved say they were able to get through the most vital parts of the program.
Follow Burnsville Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter A wet, hot summer indeed. This year's Relay for Life ended with a bang—cut short by a violent thunderstorm that sent organizers scrambling to evacuate the field at Burnsville High's Pates Stadium. "Every year you take a chance on this. We had people watching scanners to tell us how fast it was coming, and we were hoping it would go around us, like last year," said Chair Becky Kritz. The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society began well enough, with a mild, clear afternoon on Friday. But bad weather swept in less than half-way through the all night vigil, which runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in ideal circumstances. The winds picked up during …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Preliminary assessments indicated more than $108 million worth of damage from June's storms.
Dakota County is one of 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations declared eligible for disaster relief funding after last month's severe storms and flooding. Preliminary assessments indicated more than $108 million worth of damage, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines, the federal government will fund 75 percent of the approved cost; the remaining 25 percent is a state/local match. Those counties scheduled to receive funding include: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley and St. Louis. Tribal nations deemed eligible for federal funding include: Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs Band of …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The county will be testing severe weather systems over the upcoming holiday.
Residents should take note of the following: Dakota County will be conducting severe weather siren tests on July 4 at 1 p.m. This is a routine test, performed by local jurisdictions on the first Wednesday of every month.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Dakota County enjoys at least one thunderstorm-free day this Memorial weekend.
The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm watch for Dakota County. Several weather systems that have passed through Minnesota in the past week, dumping more than an inch of rain in many places. Lightning also struck several buildings throughout the Twin Cities area. Because of those storms, government officials are also on the lookout for flooding along the Mississippi River at various spots, including Savage, St. Paul and Hastings.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thunderstorms, high winds, hail and a few tornadoes could be in the offing in Lakeville and the surrounding area Tuesday night.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter We might need to borrow the “lion” comparison typically used in March to describe tomorrow’s weather. The forecast for Tuesday, the first day of May, looks quite beastly for Burnsville, with the potential of strong thunderstorms and a few tornadoes. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the southern two-thirds of Minnesota for Tuesday through Friday. There is a chance of thunderstorms during the period, but especially Tuesday night, when a cold front moves through. The weather service’s Storm Prediction Center says there is a slight chance of severe weather—greater than a 10-percent chance—Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday night…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 16-20. Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows provides background on and tips about preparing for severe weather in Minnesota.
Editor's note: The following information is from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows wants to remind residents that the week of April 16-20 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. This event is sponsored by the National Weather Service and is intended to raise everyone’s awareness as we enter the severe weather season. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, a tornado drill will be held on Thursday (April 19). Schools and businesses are encouraged to practice emergency plans during the statewide tornado drill at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. A second drill at 6:55 p.m. will take place in most counties to allow families and second-shift workers to practice sheltering plans. In Dakota County, the policy is to sound …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for the Twin Cities area.
This afternoon, the National Weather Service declared a tornado watch for the Twin Cities metro area, southern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Severe storms are expected to sweep over the area in the afternoon and evening, possibly bringing with them damaging winds and large hail. Tornadoes are possible as well.
Friday, July 1, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a warning for Dakota County as a violent storm approaches.
At 8:00 p.m. the National Weather Service advised Burnsville residents to take cover immediately due to an oncoming thunderstorm capable of producing hail and damaging winds over 70 miles per hour. "This is a dangerous situation. If you are in the path of this storm prepare immediately for destructive winds which can uproot trees, down power lines, and cause damage to roofs and windows," the warning read. "Evacuate mobile homes as they may be overturned." The warning extends through south central Minnesota, including Dakota County, Rice County and others. The warning is in effect until 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The National Weather Service issued a watch this afternoon for Dakota County and other parts of the metro area.
According to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, the Twin Cities metro area may be in for an onslaught of tornadoes. the agency released a tornado watch at 1 p.m. cautioning residents to be ready for a severe thunderstorm that could include large hail, high winds and perhaps a few tornadoes. In addition to Dakota, the watch includes Anoka, Chisago, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, Wabasha, Winona and Wright Counties as well as parts of Western Wisconsin. The watch will be in effect until 9 p.m.