Year later: Mpls. tornado
The Fullers found a new home after theirs was destroyed. But the trauma of the tornado clings to them. Updated May. 22, 2012
Two days of threatening skies turned furious over the Twin Cities on May 22, unleashing at least three tornado touchdowns in the metro area, killing one person in Minneapolis, injuring at least 30 others, knocking out power to thousands and leading to a curfew and school closings in north Minneapolis.
Hillary Thomas’ north Minneapolis house was heavily damaged in last year’s tornado. When he heard he would be eligible for aid from a nonprofit, “I felt like I had hit the lottery.”
The human toll of the May 22, 2011, disaster was visible from the moment the twister touched down, but the public and private costs to restore the community are now coming into better focus.
Logan Avenue N.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, schools across the state are...
Yet major problems remain, especially poverty and unemployment.
Kevin Watson, Delray Meanweather
The move allows for Monday's reopening of a North Side rec center.
Minneapolis inspectors searched rental properties across the city to make sure that residents were not living in tornado-damaged homes.
The assistance is for federally guaranteed homes, but a Minneapolis official cautioned that areas of the city hit hard by the May 22 tornado tend to have fewer of them.
City officials also look at ways to help property owners with repairs from the May 22 twister.
Story about contractors flocking to north Minneapolis to perform const...
Until state intervened, city officials were recommending that tornado victims use a list featuring 22 unlicensed home-repair companies.
Harry Baumert, right, of Minneapolis, and Mark Peterson, of Apple Valley, cleaned up Saturday along Emerson Avenue N. near Dowling.
Volunteers offered their hands, backs and hearts - gifts sometimes more powerful than backhoes and saws.
Brian Rose outside Broadway Liquors in north Minneapolis. The rear of...
More than 1,600 business insurance claims have been filed related to the May 22 tornado, with damages totaling $44 million. More are expected.
But some say the disaster could bring a chance to improve north Minneapolis' housing stock - if landlords don't flee.
Home repair in the 2200 block of Russell Ave. North.
Officials warn residents: Do your homework, get a written estimate.
Aerial view of North Minneapolis
Students from Summit Academy in Minneapolis have been volunteering hel...
Nancy Luken of south Minneapolis hauled away scrap metal from an alley near Logan Avenue N. and 30th Street.
City hopes for force of 2,000 volunteers to help North Side residents; governor asks for disaster declaration.
State Executive Council
A little help from co-workers.
Alto Richardson left home owner in the 2200 block of Russell avenue no...
With $10.3 million in damage already, the tornado-ravaged north Minneapolis neighborhood should readily qualify, city officials report.
A preliminary map based on property-by-property surveys shows a diagonal swath of destruction.
State Executive Council
Homeowner Alto Richardson, left, talked with FEMA agent Deborah Bivens during an assessment of his home on the 2200 block of Russell Av. N.
A team of state and federal officials is expected to tour tornado damaged neighborhoods of Minneapolis on Thursday as part of a "preliminary damage assessment," a necessary step in the process of applying for federal disaster aid.
The Minneapolis Foundation and the Greater Twin Cities United Way have each pledged up to $100,000 in matching donations.
Friends and community leaders praised their efforts to make the North Side a better place for everyone.
Ester Carroll's patience was wearing thin after waiting five hours for help Tuesday
Police say problems are not widespread but Minneapolis residents should report suspicious behavior.
This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo.
Survivors of Sunday's tornado gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center where the city and Hennepin County are offering assistance services.
Ian Alexander waited to show the movers what he was hoping to salvage...
In response to Sunday's tornado, which left two people dead and hundreds of homes damaged, the Minneapolis City Council approved a state of emergency Tuesday morning. This action triggers the city's request for outside disaster declarations and federal aid.
City crew worked on clearing trees from the tornado damaged streets ne...
Cleanup is just the start of the work needed
A taste of yogurt.
Governor Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Kurt Zellers visited north Minneapolis to view the damage from Sunday's tornadoes.
Lynn Mosley carefully stepped over downed power lines in north Minneapolis on 25th Avenue near Penn Avenue on Monday morning.
Crews were out in tornado-stricken parts of north Minneapolis on Monday to repair gas leaks, clear debris and fix downed power lines.
A taste of yogurt.
Paul Hill and Jon Rose carried a ladder on Queen Ave N. ,they were goi...
With a large proportion of renters, however, an insurance industry exec thinks many people won't have coverage
Minneapolis police have established an "exclusion zone," where only residents will be allowed to enter once officials deem the areas safe.
Tornado damage was extensive in the neighborhood of Clearview and Hugh...
Powerful storm blew into metro, killing 1, injuring 30 and putting North Side under curfew.
One person was killed and two were critically injured when a huge storm system spawned at least three tornado touchdowns in the Twin Cities metro area Sunday afternoon, causing a long path of damage, especially in and near north Minneapolis.
Dwayne Riley(wheel chair) was helped down from the curb by his son Andrew Hubbard. His son also helped him into the basement when the storm hit. They are look for a place to spend the night.
Severe weather Sunday afternoon caused severe damage in parts of the metro area. North Minneapolis was especially hit hard.
Carrie Pigue came out to survey the storm damage, she lives in the hou...
A tornado in north Minneapolis caused major damage Sunday afternoon.
Tornado touchdown in Forest Lake provided by Shawn Augustine.
RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII/STAR TRIBUNE. Columbia Heights, Minn. May 22, 2...
Reports of damage poured in after severe storms spurred at least one tornado in the western and northern metro. Here are photos submitted by readers.
Latrelle Russell, walked along Penn Avenue with her 9-month old grand...
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