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A tree blocks the roadway on Strawberry Road northeast of Bemidji Friday morning. Strong overnight winds toppled trees in the Bemidji area. Pioneer Photo.

Thunderstorm, strong winds wreak havoc overnight in Bemidji

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An early morning severe thunderstorm with strong damaging winds has struck Bemidji and some nearby areas to the east, knocking down numerous trees, utility poles and utility lines, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

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The storm, which struck between 1 and 2:30 a.m., particularly hit the Nymore neighborhood of Bemidji and areas between Power Dam Road and Roosevelt Road, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

City crews are out to clear debris from roadways, the release said.

"Several unoccupied cars were hit by falling trees," it read.

The city was waiting for utility workers to help clear down power lines that had become entangled with trees, the sheriff's department said.

"Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when navigating roadways during the morning commute as isolated flash flooding of roadways has been reported," the news release said. "In addition there are several stop lights that are without power and are dark. Watch for cross traffic and do not assume cross traffic will stop."

The sheriff's office said Beltrami Electric and Ottertail Power Cooperative were working on restoring power to southern Beltrami County.

No injuries had been reported.

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