Lightning strikes twice in Crosslake
Crosslake firefighters responded to two reports of lightning strikes during a thunderstorm that rolled through the area Wednesday night.
The lightning strikes happened about 2 miles apart. Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller said the first lightning strike, reported about 6:07 p.m., was at a house on Boulder Woods, near Manhattan Beach. Lohmiller said lightning hit the house and blew the door frame off. There was no fire, the lightning just burned wires.
Shortly after that call, firefighters responded to Crosslake Presbyterian Church on Daggett Pine Road. Lohmiller said lightning hit behind the church and started the grass and a tree on fire. Firefighters easily extinguished the fire in the pouring rain.
One crew of firefighters responded to the house call and three firefighters went to the church.
Ideal and Mission fire departments were paged for mutual aid and were on standby. The Department of Natural Resources also responded to the calls.
Crosslake firefighters also were called to an earlier grass fire at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The fire reached a small cabin on Loon Lake off Crow Wing County Road 66. Lohmiller said the fire caused minor damage to the cabin’s exterior.
“We’re not sure how the fire started,” said Lohmiller.
Crow Wing County was in a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday night, issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), with a particular warning for cloud-to-ground lightning. The NWS received reports of 1 inch hail near Deerwood.
On Thursday, the weather service issued a thunderstorm watch for the Brainerd area in effect until 9 p.m. The weather service said some storms could be severe with the chance for tornadic thunderstorms, mainly from the Brainerd lakes area east through Pine County.
There is a 40 percent chance of rain in Brainerd Friday, mainly before 1 p.m. Conditions are expected to gradually become mostly sunny with a high near 58. During the weekend there is a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday and 50 percent chance Saturday night. For Mother’s Day, there is a chance of showers with a high near 63.