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Park Rapids schools closed, Hubbard County issues information on Monday night storm

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Park Rapids schools are closed today due to power outages and Hubbard County entirely remains under a wind advisory until 10 p.m. tonight.

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The storms that passed through the region Monday night hit Hubbard County, including Park Rapids, pretty hard.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Management, the storms hit the area about 10:40 p.m. with strong winds.

Damage was reported to power lines, trees, field irrigators and area residences and businesses.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received number reports of trees and power lines blown down and damaged. The storm path started in the Straight River Township area and moved to the northeast.

Preliminary reports and information from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., reports that straight-line winds on the leading edge of the thunderstorm system caused the majority of the damage reported.

The National Weather Service will conduct a damage assessment to evaluate the damage and determine if a tornado was present.

Also of note:

- Tree debris can be brought to and dropped off at the Hubbard County Solid Waste Transfer Station. Please allow of extended wait times and load inspections.

- Hubbard County Public Works will continue to open up county roadways and townships will be responsible for any roadways with tree damage.

- Citizens will be responsible for cleanup of their owned property.

- The Park Rapids City Hall is collecting information for volunteers and contractors in debris clean-up and removal.

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