Don’t get caught in the storm
In an average year, 44 tornadoes touch down in Minnesota. Of those, 28 are within Hennepin County. In addition, severe thunderstorms occur even more frequently, and can be just as dangerous.
To help alert residents, sirens are used for severe weather warnings, as well as for other situations when people should take shelter. Weather-related sirens are triggered when the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning, and/or if there are reports of constant straight-line winds of at least 70 mph.