Thief River Falls cleans up after storm, probable straight-line winds


Residents of Thief River Falls will spend another day cleaning up the mess left by a line of thunderstorms that struck the Pennington County city in the northwestern corner of the state on Friday night.

That's the same night a storm caused damage and flooding in Northfield and in the southern part of the metro area.

The Associated Press reports that in Thief River Falls, a motor home was flipped and billboards were bent and broken. Several homes, churches and businesses had visibly damaged roofs.

The National Weather Service is reporting that it recorded gusts of wind exceeding 110 mph. Meteorologist Dave Kellendenz told the AP that forecasters are “fairly confident” that the storm packed straight-line winds.

Forum Communications reports that part of the city was still without power on Saturday evening. The newspaper said that streets on the southeastern side of the city remained littered with uprooted trees and downed branches.

There's a a 40 percent chance of more rain and thunderstorms in the next three days.

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