Mpls. Officials Wrapping up Work to Upgrade Warnings for Severe Weather

Updated: 01/10/2014 9:49 PM By: Cassie Hart

We’re in the grips of the winter season right now, but Minneapolis officials are thinking about the spring and your safety.

Tornado season is still about four months away but a reminder of the destruction that can came with those strong storms can still be seen by the path carved by a tornado in North Minneapolis in May of 2011. The tornado damaged hundreds of homes.

Now, Minneapolis is making some upgrades to give many residents better warning during severe weather.

"We are upgrading the technology at each siren. So we are going from electrical-mechanical to an electronic siren. We are making sure that each siren has battery backup and we are increasing the number of sirens from 30 to 42 so we have better coverage across the city," said Barret Lane with the City of Minneapolis.

The sirens have been in use for several decades.

The total cost for the project is just under $800,000. $550,000 is paid for by a federal grant and the remaining $250,000 is paid by the city.

Work is nearly complete with the project.