Severe weather and strong winds paid a visit to Crosslake early Thursday morning, causing hundreds of trees to fall and breaking power lines — resulting in 800 residents who lost power.
Crosslake Police Chief Bob Hartman said just after 2 a.m., he got a call from an officer about the extensive damage done in the city by the storm. Hartman said there was no storm damage where he lives.
“There were literally hundreds of trees down,” said Hartman in the area of Crow Wing County Road 3 and West Shore Drive. “There is a path about a half-mile wide and a mile long, in a residential area where there are trees on houses. Many of these people are out of town. Thankfully no one was hurt.”
Hartman said the U.S. Corps of Engineers Campground received extensive damage.
“Thank God that it wasn’t the Fourth of July weekend,” said Hartman.
Hartman said trees and power lines also were down in the Adney Lake area.
Char Kinzer of Crow Wing Power said there was a narrow area in Crosslake with extremely strong winds that broke the power poles and caused a lot of damage.
Kinzer said Crow Wing Power was notified at 3:30 a.m. where there were 800 residents out of power in the area of Crosslake and to the east of Highway 6.
“As of 9 a.m., 400 were still out of power and it will be an all day affair to restore all the power because of the amount of damage,” said Kinzer. “They hope to get it done today. All available crews are working on it.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Crosslake area.
NWS meteorologist Amanda Graning said a Crosslake weather spotted reported a thunderstorm with damaging winds that hit Crosslake at 1:20 a.m. The spotter reported that 10 trees snapped off and two trees were uprooted at the Crosslake campground. The spotter also reported several other trees were down on structures around the area and two miles southwest of Crosslake.
Graning said small hail was reported in Emily.
“This was a storm that was being tracked from the east to the west,” said Graning. “It was a type of storm that produced nice winds, a storm we call a bow echo storm, the classic wind type storm that is shaped like a bow and arrow. It developed and help together and stayed east throughout Minnesota and it cause quite a bit of damage in Wisconsin.”