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Red Cross shelter opens following storm damage in Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The American Red Cross has opened a shelter here following Monday night’s severe storms, which knocked down trees and set off power outages all over the area.

Red Cross Communications Manager Michele Lewis said about 4,000 people are without power thanks to Monday’s storm, in time for another day of excessive heat and humidity predicted throughout the area.

That, plus delays expected in getting power restored, prompted the city’s emergency manager to ask the Red Cross for help establishing a shelter at the National Guard Battery here.

A shelter trailer has been deployed, and Red Cross volunteers have been dispatched to work with Crookston city employees, Lewis said.

Four residents arrived at the shelter in the early morning hours, and the city’s emergency manager predicts more will arrive, said Lewis.

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