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Published July 20, 2011, 03:59 PM

High Winds Snap Trees, Damage Buildings in Karlstad, MN

Many spent the day picking up after strong winds ripped through the town of Karlstad, MN, Wednesday morning.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Many spent the day picking up after strong winds ripped through the town of Karlstad, MN, Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service had said that the public and the Karlstad Fire Department had reported a tornado touchdown, but it looks like it was just very strong straight-line winds.

Trees where downed both in town and for miles outside of Karlstad.

Some homeowners had to take the day off to begin the cleanup.

The straight-line winds both snapped and pushed over hundreds of trees, many falling on homes or cars.

Two people where in the Kittson County Highway Department garage when it was destroyed in the storm. Luckily, the two men where able to take cover underneath a large piece of equipment.

There were no reports of injuries in the storm.

Power was knocked out for a short time. Otter Tail Power was in the area replacing power poles and lines that were knocked down during the storm.

There were many reports of high winds in the northern Red River valley this morning, with hail and heavy rain accompanying them.

NWS reports quarter to one inch diameter hail northwest of Fordville, ND; 1.51 inches of rain southeast of Starkweather; hail up to the size of golf balls west of St. Thomas; a tree fell on a pickup truck south of Fordville, no one was injured; large trees were downed in Fordville and Forest River; power poles were down at the intersection of ND Highway 18 and Walsh County Road 15 east of Pisek; power poles were down northwest of Grafton; 5-10 inch diameter branches were down in Knox; grain elevator doors were blown off and 4-6 inch diameter branches were down just west of Knox and 40-50 foot tall trees were down southeast of Knox; and in Greenbush, there was extensive tree and house damage, with trees blown down on cars there. An empty grain bin also rolled.

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