It's been 10 years since the devastating Hugo, Minnesota tornado

A toddler was killed and nine others were injured.
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It's been 10 years since the city of Hugo in the Twin Cities suburbs was hit hard by an EF-3 tornado that packed winds up to 165 mph. 

A 2-year-old child died in the storm and nine others were injured, in addition to approximately a dozen homes being leveled and another three dozen severely damaged. 

Dramatic video of the tornado was captured by a man who lived just blocks from the hardest hit areas. 

Here's a summary of the tornado from the National Weather Service: 

"This tornado touched down on the eastern side of Lino Lakes, at the eastern shore of Peltier Lake. It then tracked east and crossed Interstate 35E. It intensified to an EF-3 as it moved into northwestern Washington County and north of downtown Hugo. The tornado dissipated in eastern Hugo, north of Irish Avenue and 140th Street. It knocked over trees, lifted boat docks, and significantly damaged houses. A few barns, grain bins, and silos were also damaged."

Hail was so intense in Hugo that it was still on the ground 20 hours after the storm had passed, the NWS notes. Golf ball-sized hail and larger was also reported in St. Cloud, Anoka and Blaine. 

"Today is the 10th Anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Hugo. At 5:00pm that day our community was changed forever," Hugo Fire and Rescue posted to Facebook

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"However out of the devastation our community grew stronger. 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."

In all, four tornadoes touched down that day, three in Minesota and one in western Wisconsin. 

The first tornado developed in Coon Rapids and traveled six miles before dissipating in Blaine near the TPC Twin Cities golf course. It was an EF-1 with winds up to 110 mph. 

Hugo's twister came next, followed by a third, very small tornado about five miles east of Hugo in Washington County. 

The fourth tornado was again small, developing in northeast Washington County and crossing the St. Croix River into Wisconsin. A fifth tornado followed, also weak, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. 

There was also a waterspout reported on Leech Lake in northern Minnesota. 

Hugo tornado 2008

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