Severe weather normally refers to any dangerous weather event with the potential to cause the loss of life or injuries, significant damage to structures, or any other serious disruption to communities.
Forms of severe weather events vary but all types can be potentially hazardous. Storms, including tornadoes, high winds, hail, lightning or flooding, are the most common types in Minnesota. But severe weather can include excessive heat and drought conditions that can spark wildfires can be dangerous as well.
While severe weather can't be prevented, there are some simple steps everyone can take to stay safe and protect themselves and their homes whenever severe weather threatens.
The pages in this section offer some basic awareness information, safety tips and links to additional resources about the most common spring and summer weather hazards.
In addition to weather information, there are also guides on basic emergency preparedness for individuals, families, businesses and communities.