The week of April 17-21, 2017 is designated Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is a public education campaign promoted by the National Weather Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local Emergency Management agencies.

     The week of April 17-21, 2017 is designated Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Severe Weather Awareness Week is a public education campaign promoted by the National Weather Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local Emergency Management agencies.  

    Each day of the week features a different weather hazard, and two state-wide tornado drills will be conducted on Thursday, April 20.

    Wednesday’s topic is flooding. Flooding kills approximately 200 people, and in Minnesota floods kill more people than other weather events.  Flooding deaths occur at night 75% of the time, and of those deaths half died in vehicles.  As little as six inches of rapidly flowing water can knock you off your feet. Never drive through flooded roadways, a foot of water will float most vehicles.  Turn around, don’t drown!