Monday, November 12, 2012
The tornadoes touched down briefly in Burnsville and Eagan on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us A rare November thunderstorm on Saturday night spawned two weak tornadoes, which touched briefly down in Burnsville and Eagan, according to a National Weather Service storm report. The first tornado spun up northeast of the intersection of County Road 5 and McAndrews Road in Burnsville around 10:58 p.m., according to weather service officials. The tornado, an "EF0" on the Fujita scale, had maximum wind speeds of 80 mph. As the storm cell tracked northeast, the tornado blew down numerous trees and power lines and bent a stop sign all the way to the ground, the weather service said. It dissipated just southwest of the intersection of Burnsville Parkway…
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 …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Burnsville could be in for a wild weekend that could combine the worst weather of winter, spring, and summer — all in the same three day period.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has sent out a hazardous weather alert as a strong low pressure system sweeps through south and central Minnesota — bringing with it high winds and the possibility of severe thunderstorms and late-coming snow. At present, there is a wind advisory across much of the south-central region, but Burnsville will likely bear the brunt of the system on Saturday afternoon, when there is an 80 percent chance of a severe thunderstorm. Sunday is no better, with a 70 percent chance of storms. The onslaught will continue on Monday, when forecasters predict snow. The most severe weather is expected along the Minnesota-Iowa border. Residents are advised that this system could be capable of producing a tornado.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sites across the Twin Cities west metro told stories of their communities' experiences.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jon Collins
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Throughout Sunday's storm and its aftermath, Patch sites in local communities covered everything—through text, video and photo galleries—from the original tornado warnings to efforts to volunteer efforts to help those hardest hit. In St. Louis Park, where the tornado first touched down, Patch wrote about initial damage caused by the storm, as well as a gas leak at a manufacturing plant. The next day, residents told their stories of survival as electricity was restored. In Golden Valley, people told of hiding in basements as roofs flew by their windows. The next day, still dealing with some electricity outages, Patch showed the extensive damage to Theodore Wirth Park and neighboring homes. Fridley suffered tremendous damage on the …