Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 6.05 Miles
-- Width 880 Yards
County/Area HENNEPIN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-05-22 13:13:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 1ENE ST LOUIS PARK
Begin Lat/Lon 44.9597/-93.3472
End Date 2011-05-22 13:21:00.0 CST-6
End Lat/Lon 45.035/-93.2841
Deaths Direct/Indirect 1/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 48/0
Property Damage 166.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative During the early afternoon of Sunday May 22nd, a line of thunderstorms developed across south central Minnesota, and quickly moved north and northeast across east-central Minnesota, and into west-central Wisconsin. One spawned a tornado in North Minneapolis, and crossed into southern Anoka County. Another tornado occurred near Ham Lake, and another near Forest Lake that afternoon.
Event Narrative A strong EF-1 tornado touched down approximately 3/4 of a mile south-southwest of the intersection of Interstate 394 and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It traveled north-northeast through Golden Valley, and across North Minneapolis, before moving into Anoka County.
Damage was widespread along the path and caused damage to businesses near the intersection of Interstate 394, and Highway 100. As it crossed Highway 100, it began to damage numerous residences along Cedar Lake Road before moving into Theodore Wirth Park. The tornado moved across Wirth Park, and into the City of North Minneapolis, between Glenwood Avenue and 16th Avenue.
Most of the damage at this point was EF-0 and was confined to downed trees and roof damage. It strengthened to EF-1 as it moved into North Minneapolis. The tornado tracked across Penn Avenue and Broadway, then to Lowry Avenue and Logan Avenue, then to 42nd Avenue to Lyndale Avenue before crossing the Mississippi River. Damage along this path was extensive to garages, with sheds and roofs removed.
A male was killed as a tree fell on his car while he was driving in North Minneapolis. City officials stated that more than 600 buildings would require major repairs, and 35 homes were so badly damaged they could not be reoccupied.

Event Fatality Details:

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death (Direct) 59 Male Vehicle/Towed Trailer


Event Map:

Note: The tornado track is approximate based on the beginning (B) and ending (E) locations. The actual tornado path may differ from a straight line.

All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 48 166.720M 0.00K
HASTINGS DAKOTA CO. MN 05/22/2011 09:30 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASECA WASECA CO. MN 05/22/2011 11:59 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PRAIRIEVILLE RICE CO. MN 05/22/2011 12:39 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW GERMANY CARVER CO. MN 05/22/2011 12:44 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WANAMINGO GOODHUE CO. MN 05/22/2011 12:49 CST-6 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST LOUIS PARK HENNEPIN CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:13 CST-6 Tornado EF1 1 48 166.000M 0.00K
FRIDLEY ANOKA CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:21 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
MOUNDS VIEW RAMSEY CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:29 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
CRYSTAL ARPT HENNEPIN CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:30 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ANOKA CO BLAINE ARPT ANOKA CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:32 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
RED WING GOODHUE CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:35 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAM LAKE ANOKA CO. MN 05/22/2011 13:52 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
CENTERVILLE ANOKA CO. MN 05/22/2011 14:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOREST LAKE WASHINGTON CO. MN 05/22/2011 14:16 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
LINDSTROM CHISAGO CO. MN 05/22/2011 14:36 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 48 166.720M 0.00K