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Construction equipment on West Ninth Street on Friday, June 21.

Overnight storms down trees, cut off power around the area

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Strong winds and heavy rain whipped through west central Minnesota on Thursday night and Friday morning, downing trees and causing flash flooding in some areas.

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According to the National Weather Service, some areas got four to five inches of rain in two to three hours during the storm.

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said there were no reported injuries from the overnight storms, but there was some flooding and road washouts.

The Morris Fire Department responded to 12 fire calls in the city of Morris between 11 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. on Friday. After the storm went through, the department received several calls of power lines arcing and starting trees on fire said Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal.

There were several streets that were not passable due to trees over the roads. Some of the power lines that were down were laying across houses, garages and cars, Dybdal said.

On Friday morning, MnDOT District 4 reported that Highway 28 in Glenwood was closed near the lake shore due to flooding.

The Alexandria Echo Press is reporting that members of Runestone Electric Association are without power this morning. "Numerous substations are down due to transmission issues," the paper reports. "If your power comes back on and then goes off again, contact REA at (320) 762-1121 or 1-800-473-1722. Crews have been working through the night to restore power. Incoming call volume is extremely heavy and callers may receive a busy signal. Outages can also be reported to rea@runestoneelectric.com."

For more photos from the storm this week please visit our Facebook page where we're collecting photos in an album. If you have storm photos to share, please send them to news@morrissuntribune.com

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. 
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