MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A tornado ripped through the north end of Minneapolis and some suburbs on Sunday, tearing roofs off dozens of homes and garages, killing one person and injuring at least 18 others, authorities said.
The twister struck Sunday afternoon and plowed across a 3- to 5-mile area in a northeasterly direction, Assistant City Fire Chief Cherie Penn told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Overhead television news footage of the aftermath showed dozens of homes and garages heavily damaged, many missing their roofs. Trees and power lines also were downed along the path of the tornado.
One person was killed by the storm, an investigator from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed. Details were not immediately released, but local news reports said the individual died when a tree toppled onto a minivan.
Some 18 people were being treated for minor injuries at North Memorial Medical Center in the Twin Cities suburb of Robbinsdale, hospital spokeswoman Wendy Jerde said.
Penn said fire and rescue crews were still assessing the scope of the damage and hoped to conduct aerial surveillance of the damage shortly.
Storms knocked out electricity to about 22,000 homes and businesses in the Twin Cities area initially, Xcel Energy Inc spokeswoman Mary Sandok said. Several thousand customers were restored within hours.
The city has set up an emergency operations center and opened a shelter for residents in northeastern Minneapolis who were looking for loved ones or seeking safety, Penn said.
Writing and reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Steve Gorman