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Published May 14, 2013, 10:36 PM

High winds wreak havoc throughout the region

High wind speeds have been recorded up and down the red river valley today. In Crookston wind gusts were recorded as high as 51 miles per hour, 48 in Grand Forks.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

High wind speeds have been recorded up and down the red river valley today. In Crookston wind gusts were recorded as high as 51 miles per hour, 48 in Grand Forks.

Firefighters in Crookston contained a grassfire this evening and many others in the valley have been affected as well. Residents in the Red River Valley have been battling the wind all day. Some literally, as Crookston firefighters were hard at work this evening putting out a grass fire. The wind sent smoke into residential areas but they had the blaze contained in a decent amount of time. And in the southern end of the valley this Semi was overturned by the wind just outside of Valley City. The driver was headed Westbound on I-94. In addition to that nearly 1,500 people were without power for about two hours in Valley City. Four power poles were knocked down and crews spent their entire work day fixing damage from the wind's force. But, that's not all. While residents in Grand Forks didn't suffer anything on the scale of Crookston or Valley City, they will have a little picking up to do.

Also near Valley City, the drivers of a pair of pickups that were pulling campers pulled over because of weather conditions. High winds tipped both campers, causing them to detach from the hitch.

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