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Late summer storm leaves its mark on the area

Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS Winds from Monday’s storm took down a tall 100-year-old evergreen tree outside of Jean’s The Right Plant Place, snapping the trunk and toppling it onto a garage at Peloquin Beck. Otter Tail Power Company re-moved the tree on Tuesday. 1 / 2
Submitted photo Huge, oddly-shaped chunks of hail fell in New York Mills on Monday evening, as part of a late summer storm system that traveled along High-way 10, dumping rain and hail and creating gusting winds from west of De-troit Lakes through Wadena. 2 / 2

Perham found itself in the center of a late summer storm on Monday evening, with strong straight-line winds and mid-sized hail creating white-out conditions through the city.

The National Weather Service was reporting strong rotations capable of producing a tornado between 7 and 8 p.m. and was warning Perham area residents to take immediate shelter. Dent and Richville were also mentioned as areas at high risk of tornadic activity.

A tornado never touched down, but residents reported 50 mph straight-line winds and pea- to quarter-sized hail in town and in patches around Perham.

There were surprisingly few signs of damage in town on Tuesday morning, though the trunk of a 100-year-old evergreen tree outside of Jean’s The Right Plant Place snapped, causing the tall tree to topple over onto a neighboring garage at Peloquin Beck. In addition to the garage, plants and some other inventory at Jean’s were damaged by the fall. Otter Tail Power Company removed the tree on Tuesday.

The storm traveled an eastward path along Highway 10, edging to Perham from the Detroit Lakes area, which was hit hard by rain, moving through town and then continuing on through New York Mills, where it intensified.

New York Mills residents reported huge, oddly-shaped hail that fell in sheets like rain, and winds that topped speeds of 60 mph.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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