49 Years Ago: Worst Tornadoes in Minn. History

Updated: 05/06/2014 1:17 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 12:57 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A series of tornadoes on May 6, 1965, were the worst to hit the state, according to the National Weather Service.

The NSW said five tornadoes swept across the western and northern portions of the seven-county region. A sixth tornado hit just outside the Twin Cities metro area. The NWS said four of the tornadoes were rated F4, meaning wind speeds were between 166 and 200 m.p.h.

A total of 13 people were killed and another 683 were injured during the storms that tore through Chanhassen, Deephaven, Minneapolis and Fridley, the NWS said. Look here for a map of the tornadoes paths throughout the state.

The natural disaster marked the first time in Twin Cities history that civil defense sirens were used for severe weather. First responders, along with the media, were credited for communicating vital information to residents during the crisis.

"Many more would have been killed had it not been for the warnings of the U.S. Weather Bureau, local officials, and the outstanding communications by local radio and television stations," the NWS posted to its website.

KSTP has archive footage of the damage following the tornadoes that tore through Fridley.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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  • Wind: SE 9mph
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