80 mph winds rip through northern Minn.

Bemidji Pioneer: “A fast-moving thunderstorm tore through Bemidji shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, leaving a wide swath of debris, downed trees and much of the city without power. The storm produced 80 mph straight-line winds, Dave Kellenbenz, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., said. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said that while the department didn’t immediately know the extent of the damage, he had crews out checking every street for downed power lines.”

The storm also caused damage further east in Grand Rapids.

Severe storm damage throughout Grand Rapids, Itasca County

Grand Rapids Herald-Review: “Widespread and severe damage is being reported throughout Grand Rapids and Itasca County after a severe storm hit the area after 8 p.m. Monday evening.”

Meteorologist Craig Edwards on Morning Edition said it appeared the strongest wind occurred just to the south and east of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. Edwards said the storm fizzled out before hitting Duluth.

The storm hit the Twin Cities in a weaker state, but thousands of homes lost power. Crews scrambled to restore power as temperatures inched upwards.

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