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Overnight storm knocks over trees, damages homes, cuts electricity

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These trees were uprooted in Fergus Falls about 2:30 a.m.June 9 when a storm with rain and strong winds passed through town and then headed east to other areas of Otter Tail County. (Photo by Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent)

FERGUS FALLS -- An early-morning storm Tuesday, June 9, toppled trees, damaged homes and businesses, and left hundreds of people without electric service in Otter Tail County.

One of the first calls came in at 3:05 a.m. from a caller in Underwood who said two trees were down, blocking an intersection. There were close to 290 people in Underwood who experienced power outages.

At 3:56 a.m. a tree was reported as down south of Rothsay, at the intersection of Highway 88 and 340th Street.

Three minutes later a call came into the sheriff’s office from Battle Lake, reporting that that a tree was down on a power line at a campground. Power company linemen responded to the scene.

A power line also blocked a road north of Battle Lake, on Highway 145 at the west side of Otter Tail Lake. The line was cleared by linemen and firemen in order to restore traffic flow.

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Crews from Otter Tail Power Company and Lake Region Electric Cooperative, based in Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids respectively, were dispatched to make repairs in various parts of Otter Tail County.

Other weather-related calls came into the sheriff’s office from the Vergas area, southwest of Underwood, and other areas of Otter Tail County prior to sunrise on Tuesday morning, June 9.

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These trees were uprooted in Fergus Falls about 2:30 a.m.June 9 when a storm with rain and strong winds passed through town and then headed east to other areas of Otter Tail County. (Photo by Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent)

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