Minneapolis tornado kills one person, rips up homes. Curfew in effect
Parts of of north Minneapolis looked like a war zone by Sunday evening after a tornado touched down inside city limits, killed one person, injured more than 30, damaged about 100 homes, and snapped trees like they were toothpicks. Power is still out in the area.
Heavy damage was also reported in St. Louis Park, Forest Lake, Fridley, the Anoka airport, and other communities around the northwest side of the metro.
Minneapolis police have asked that all non-emergency personnel stay out of the North Side for now, because emergency vehicles were having problems getting through the traffic. A curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been set up in a four-square-mile area affected by the storm: from Penn Avenue North to I-94, and from Dowling Avenue to Plymouth Avenue. It will be in effect for three days.
Mayor R.T. Rybak viewed the mayhem from a helicopter Sunday evening, and echoed the request for gawkers to stay out of the neighborhood so that emergency workers could do their jobs.
The city's Department of Health has set up an emergency shelter at the Northeast Armory, 1025 Broadway, and is calling in employees to help with staff through the night and into Monday. More than 100 people are expected there tonight, and Cub Foods has announced it's hosting a dinner for those affected.
Minneapolis public schools in the area will be open, but some other schools have announced closures Monday: Lucy Craft Laney, Cityview, Nellie Stone Johnson, Hmong International Academy, and the Plymouth Youth Center.
Minneapolis residents can call 311 for non-emergency inquiries about the storm's damage, and to report debris. about storm debris.
And if you want to donate money to help with relief efforts, call the Red Cross at (612) 460-3700.
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