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Thousands lose power following severe thunderstorm

Crow Wing Power reported a peak of about 4,500 people without power. Minnesota Power also reported several thousand customers without power Wednesday morning. Screen grab of Crow Wing Power outage map before 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20.1 / 3
Tree damage is widespread throughout the Brainerd lakes area following an early morning storm Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Mary Erickson2 / 3
Crow Wing Power reported a peak of about 4,500 people without power. Minnesota Power also reported several thousand customers without power Wednesday morning. Screen grab of Minnesota Power outage map before 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20.3 / 3

Thousands of Brainerd lakes area residents were without power Wednesday morning after a powerful line of thunderstorms rolled across the region.

The storm hit the lakes area about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. In issuing a severe thunderstorm warning, the National Weather Service in Duluth stated, based on radar observations, the storm carried the potential for 70 mph winds and was likely to cause damage to trees, roofs, vehicles and power outages were likely. The national weather service's warning prompted tornado siren activation throughout the county.

There were numerous reports of trees damaged throughout the Brainerd area and at 8 a.m. Crow Wing Power reported a peak of about 4,500 people without power. Minnesota Power also reported several thousand customers without power Wednesday morning.

Check back at www.brainerddispatch.com for updates throughout the day.

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