Powerful storms hit western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota

Claudine Rigal
Juin 16, 2017

Powerful storms knocked down utility lines and trees in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota leaving thousands of people without power.

About 3,000 customers around Fargo and West Fargo were without power. Extra crews were brought in from Fargo and Minot to get the lights back on.

With winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour, a large power transmission tower located at 63rd Avenue and 25th Street South in Fargo was badly damaged.

Grand Forks park officials say it might take a couple of weeks to remove all the tree debris from neighborhoods.

Last night's storm left parts of the metro damaged.

At least 11 power poles on the Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative system were snapped along a road north of Fairmount, North Dakota in Richland County. One was spotted near Havana, in Sargent county and another near Hoffman, Minnesota in Grant County.

State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said he found four semi tractor-trailers tipped over on Interstate 94 east of Moorhead, Minn., after storms swept through the area. Grand Forks officially picked up.84 inches.

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