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Severe storm causes damage throughout the area

A dock and lift on Long Lake in Vergas was flipped sideways by high winds from Tuesday night's severe storm. Marie Johnson/FOCUS1 / 2
Storm clouds over south Moorhead on Tuesday evening. Forum News Service2 / 2

Area residents will be doing some serious clean-up after last night’s severe storm.

People from all around the Perham area woke up this morning to trees and branches down in their yards, chairs and other outdoor furniture flipped over, and, in some cases, worse.

On Long Lake in Vergas, for example, a dock and lift were flipped sideways in the water. And on Highway 60, not far off of Highway 10 west of Perham, the remnants of a steel roof (likely from a shed or small barn) could be seen sitting in shambles just off the side of the road – with the building it must have once belonged to nowhere in sight.

On Highway 10 west of Perham, a large awning that had hung over the entrance to a business was instead laying in the grass at least 50 feet from the building, apparently torn off and flung by high winds.

Scattered power outages were also reported throughout the area last night, with some people still out of power this morning. The area around Little McDonald Lake, west of Perham, was purportedly hit hard, with power lines down and electricians out making repairs today.

The National Weather Service had issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for a large region of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota yesterday (Tuesday, June 13). In the Perham area, the watch lasted until 1 a.m., with the worst of the storm hitting around 9:30-10:30 p.m.

The service said tornadoes, hail up to the size of tennis balls and scattered gusts of wind up to 70 mph were all possible.

Storms were more severe further west, with major power outages, power lines down and funnel clouds spotted in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In Grand Forks, high winds caused a train car to partially derail, pushing a string of 15 empty cars as far as a half-mile from where they started out and causing them to collide with two other train cars.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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