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Overnight storm causes isolated power outages

BEMIDJI—More than 1,000 area residents lost power after overnight thunderstorms buffeted Beltrami County late Sunday and early Monday.

Beltami County Emergency Management Director Chris Muller said that overnight thunderstorms hit the Bemidji area at about 11:30 p.m. and lasted until just after 2 a.m.

Lightning struck near Irvine Avenue, Muller said, and hail hit downtown Bemidji.

The county issued several severe thunderstorm warnings for the entire county, as well as a tornado warning for northeast Beltrami County. Muller said that the county received reports of several downed trees near Waskish, though no structural damage was reported.

Lightning strikes and high winds caused 17 power outages affecting about 1,300 customers, according to a public relations representative with Beltrami Electric Cooperative. Most of the outages were located near Red Lake and Pennington, as well as in Laporte and Guthrie.

Power had been restored to all but about seven customers as of 11 a.m. Monday.

There's a 20 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service, with a high temperature of 61 degrees.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or gpastoor@bemidjipioneer.com

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