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Storm knocks out power to entire city of Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS - Claudia Becerra was hunkered down in the basement with her children, siblings and parents as sirens blared and wind roared through Granite Falls.

GRANITE FALLS - Claudia Becerra was hunkered down in the basement with her children, siblings and parents as sirens blared and wind roared through Granite Falls.

When the storm ended late Saturday night, there was numerous trees uprooted in their yard on Oak Street and a major electrical transmission line that brings power to much of the city was lying in the street.

“We saw the power lines and the trees were down and there was just stuff all over,” Becerra said. “It was scary for a little bit.”

The entire town was out of electricity for about 22 hours, said Mayor Dave Smiglewski.

Some parts of town could end up being without power for about three days, he said.

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Unlike the tornado that hit Granite Falls in 2000 with 215 mph winds that destroyed and damaged 367 homes and resulted in a fatality, there were no injuries and no homes lost this time around.

Crews were working Monday to remove trees, replace broken poles and re-string power lines. Smiglewski said two-thirds of the town had power Monday afternoon and it was hoped that everyone would have electricity by Monday night or Tuesday at the latest.

Related Topics: GRANITE FALLSSEVERE WEATHER
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