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Published August 29, 2013, 04:23 PM

Early morning storm causes heavy damage to lake region

A freak early morning storm Thursday swept destruction throughout the Lake Region. People spent the day cleaning up the mess Mother Nature left for them.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

A freak early morning storm Thursday swept destruction throughout the Lake Region. People spent the day cleaning up the mess Mother Nature left for them.

There were reports of quarter sized hail and 60 mile per hour winds throughout the area. The bleachers at the Devils Lake Speedway were blown into a fence surrounding the track. In tiny Brocket, North Dakota, fallen trees destroyed power lines and made it impossible for the bus to pick kids up for school. The violent weather started around 6:00 am. Locals say it hit without warning.

"The north side window was open and it was raining inside, so I went to shut the window and by the time I got to the other side the wind had changed," said Brocket resident John Wrightman. "I had to hurry and shut the other side windows and the wind just came up. Tables blew out across the street."

Farmers brought in tractors to help haul out broken branches, and power was restored in town shortly before noon. Despite the property and tree damage, no people were reported to be hurt in the storm.

Owner Nolan Olmstead is asking for your help with cleanup operations. If you'd like to volunteer you can reach him at 218-469-0576.

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