10th anniversary of deadly Hugo tornado
HUGO, Minn. (KMSP) - It's been a decade since a deadly tornado left a path of destruction through ripped through Hugo, Minnesota.
According to the National Weather Service, three tornadoes touched down in Minnesota on May 25, 2008. The largest tornado that day was an EF-3 tornado that hit Hugo.
At 4:55 p.m., it came down on the east side of Lino Lake on the east shore of Peltier Lake before moving into a subdivision just north of downtown Hugo and stopping near Irish Avenue and 140th Street. The tornado reached wind speeds ranging from 136 to 165 miles per hour. About one-eighth of a mile wide, it stayed on the ground for about six miles.
A two-year-old boy lost his life and multiple homes and buildings were destroyed.
"However out of the devastation our community grew stronger," read a statement from Hugo Fire and Rescue. "We have rebuilt and come closer together as a community. This year, like every year, we pause to remember those that were lost. We suffered 10 years ago but we are a better, stronger community today."