Emergency management officials and the National Weather Service are working together to determine if a brief tornado touchdown is to blame for extensive damage in Bemidji early Wednesday morning.
Beltrami County Emergency Management says there is a concentrated area of damage in Bemidji with several large trees snapped and uprooted and downed power lines.
"This was a very concentrated area of damage," the BCEM said in a Facebook post. "One resident reported it 'sounded like train.' At least one garage was lifted from its foundation and twisted. Roofing material and shingles were pulled off roofs and thrown about. Several trampolines were blown across yards and one was even lodged and entangled in a tree top. Trees were blown in several directions, which is inconsistent from the other straight-line wind events from the last couple of events."
County officials say the area circled in the map below is where the concentrated damage occurred.
Cleanup is underway and Otter Tail Power Company is working to restore power to those without it.
Here are more damage photos from Beltrami County Emergency Management.