Late summer storm leaves its mark on the area
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.