Saturday Night Storm Causes Extensive Damage

May 22, 2013

Volunteers provide labor and equipment to help remove a fallen tree on Argyle Street that destroyed cars belonging to Mark and Kellea Smith and Jim and Sonja Gonzales.

Saturday night a powerful thunderstorm ripped through Minneapolis with winds ranging from 80 to 100 mph. The storm uprooted large trees, damaged property, and downed power lines throughout the town. The greatest amount of damage occurred between Second Street and Tenth Street.

Several houses and businesses received major roof and building damage. Two people were placed in housing by the Red Cross due to roofs being blown off of Northview Apartments.

Ottawa County Emergency Management Coordinator Marie Ballou said damage was reported as far north as the intersection of 150th and Volunteer Roads. Roofs were blown off of buildings in Lindsey, and buildings were damaged at the raceway. Extensive tree damage was also reported at Highland Cemetery.

So far, the storm is being classified as a straight wind. Fortunately, no one was injured.

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