Strong Storms Move Across the Northland

By KBJR News 1

August 19, 2011 Updated Aug 19, 2011 at 8:52 AM CST

Early this morning, strong storms moved through southern Beltrami County. As the storm rolled over the area, the storm intensified with strong damaging winds affecting the City of Bemidji and areas to the east.

Numerous trees, utility poles, and utility lines are down, causing damage to cars and blocking roadways.

The area that is reporting the most damage is the Nymore Neighborhood of Bemidji and areas to the east between Power Dam Rd and Roosevelt Rd.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was alerted of the severe thunderstorm shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning. They were told it would last through 2:30 a.m. with a warning for large hail.

City crews have been called out to clear debris from roadways. Several unoccupied cars were hit by falling trees. As of 5:00 a.m Bemidji City crews were still clearing debris from roadways.

There are numerous trees with power lines tangled in them that are unable to be cleared until utility crews can clear the downed lines. If citizens encounter downed power lines, you should assume they are live and conducting electricity, and leave the area immediately and report the downed line to 911.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when navigating roadways during the morning commute as isolated flash flooding of roadways has been reported.

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. County and City crews will continue to clear debris from roadways as quickly as they are able.

Beltrami Electric and Ottertail Power are working on restoring power to southern Beltrami County.

No injuries have been reported as a result of this storm.

Other areas in Gogebic County had a 54mph wind gust from the line of intense storms.