Strong winds, severe thunderstorms bring down trees, large branches in region
FARGO – Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota Monday night, with winds bringing down large branches and trees and causing power outages.
The National Weather Service also issued flash flood warnings for Grand Forks County in North Dakota and Polk County in Minnesota after it observed the area receiving up to 4 inches of rain.
Many county sheriff departments reported debris on the roads but few, if any, serious incidents.
Branches had to be moved off Highway 18 and County Road 26, Cass County Sheriff Cpl. Jade Van Den Einde said. A tree fell on a power line in Grandin and cut power for residents, he said.
A power outage hit Xcel Energy customers off Elm Street in north Fargo in two separate locations starting around 9:30 p.m. Xcel estimated it would have power restored by 1 a.m.
Power also went out in Crookston, Minn., where strong winds broke off tree limbs, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
In West Fargo, police received several reports of trees blown over by the strong winds.
A large tree near the intersection of Main Avenue West and Sheyenne Street snapped in half, Sgt. Jerry Boyer said.
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