Gov. says special session for tornado relief unlikely Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Hugo appears to be in good position to pay for cleanup costs itself and will probably seek reimbursement from the state next session. He said the city appears to be ineligible for federal assistance through FEMA or the Small Business Administration.May 30, 2008
Tornado likely to leave psychological scars Counselors say some tornado victims are already dealing with their emotions, but they predict for many others it will be months before they show signs of psychological stress.May 28, 2008
Emergency officials explain use of sirens before Hugo tornado Warning sirens did go off in Hugo before Sunday's tornado, but at a community meeting last night, some residents expressed concern that the sirens went off just before the tornado hit. When the sirens went silent, residents said they thought they were in the clear, which was certainly not the case. Deb Paige, Washington County's emergency manager, explains how the sirens were used on Sunday.May 28, 2008
Officials tour damage; Gov. says special session possible As residents were beginning to survey the damage to their homes, officials were touring the wreckage from Sunday's tornado in Hugo. Gov. Pawlenty held open the possibility of a special session, if it was needed to secure emergency funds.May 26, 2008
One family begins the process of cleaning up Hugo residents who lost their homes to Sunday's tornado are beginning to ponder what's next. They spent much of yesterday sifting through the contents of their lives.May 28, 2008
Returning to normal Many residents of Hugo whose homes are still standing and have electricity after Sunday's tornado have moved back home.May 27, 2008
Understanding the economics of tornadoes Experts say they are not necessarily surprised that the damage from the Hugo tornado was so extensive in a relatively new neighborhood like Creekwood Preserve. They say homes built today are more vulnerable to bad weather now than they were generations ago.May 27, 2008
Travel restrictions lifted in Hugo, students return to school Most of the travel restrictions in Hugo have been lifted, two days after a confirmed tornado killed a toddler and destroyed 50 homes. Highway 61 has reopened in Hugo, and city officials have allowed most residents in the area where the twister hit to return to their homes. Meanwhile, students are returning to school today. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber reported from Hugo City Hall.May 27, 2008
The cleanup and recovery begins in Hugo Cleanup and recovery begin in earnest today in the city of Hugo, two days after a tornado ripped through town killing a toddler and destroying dozens of homes.
Much of yesterday was spent assessing the damage and making the area where the tornado touched down was safe enough for residents to return.
Officials gave residents an update on the damage last night and said many of the access restrictions will be lifted today.May 27, 2008
Prindle family hit heavy by Sunday's tornado Officials Monday afternoon identified 2-year-old Nathaniel Prindle as the one fatality in Sunday's tornado. In addition, they said his his 4-year-old sister was transported to a St. Paul hospital. Seventeen other people were hospitalized and 32 people were treated at a local school.May 26, 2008
Residents begin to survey storm damage Hugo residents who were evacuated after yesterday's apparent tornado are getting their first chance this afternoon to look at their homes or what is left of their homes.May 26, 2008