MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Storms developed mid-day Tuesday in southwestern Minnesota, where there were reports of a possible tornado touchdown near Pipestone, Minn. just before 2 p.m. At about 3:30 p.m., there was a reported tornado touchdown in Vernon Center, Minn. in Blue Earth County. GET THE FOX WEATHER APP
A tornado watch covering the Twin Cities metro remained in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Fox 9 tornado emergency checklist
Large plastic bin with lid ____
Battery powered radio ____
First aid kit ____
Bicycle helmets (to protect your head) ____
Whistle (to call for help if you are trapped) ____
Extra clothing/blankets ____
Extra shoes (to walk over damage/debris) ____
Extra car keys ____
Extra credit card/cash/travelers checks ____
Extra batteries (for all electronic items) ____
Bottled water (1 per person) ____
Snacks (granola bars) ____
Conduct severe weather safety drills every year on May 1 and designate an area of your house as your "safe room". Keep the emergency kit in the safe room at all times.
Your safe room should be a windowless interior room, preferably in the basement.
Pick two meeting places, one near your house/one outside of your neighborhood, just in case family members get separated:
Choose an out of town friend or relative to act as your family "check-in" contact for everyone to call in case you are separated. This is important for parents who work out of the home and kids in school and after school activities:
Contact and phone number(s): ___________________________________________