UPDATED: Beltrami County Hit With Severe Storm Damage
UPDATE: All city of Bemidji residents may place brush and tree limbs on the curb for city pickup. To allow residents sufficient time to cleanup their private property, City curbside pickup of brush and tree limbs will commence on Tuesday, July 26, the city of Bemidji said.
Diamond Point Park and the Bemidji Disc Golf course are closed until city crews can removed fallen trees to ensure the park is safe. Power is out in some park facilities and the Nielson-Reese arena.
Power outage: More than 5000 members of Beltrami Electric Cooperative are left without power as of 8 a.m. Thursday. Members may report an outage by calling 218-444-2540 or 800-955-6083, online at www.beltramielectric.com, or through SmartHub app on their devices.
Updates will be posted on Beltrami Electric’s Facebook page.
Power companies are also working to clear downed power lines from roadways as well as restoring electrical lines. Please do not call the Law Enforcement Center to inquire on when power will be restored.
Planes overturned: Two planes were flipped over, and one was spun around following Thursday’s storms. Read the story here.
An intense thunderstorm producing destructive wind damage moved across southern Beltrami County knocking down many trees, utility lines, power poles and roofs off structures, the Beltrami County Emergency Management reports.
The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for winds of 80 miles per hour possible for southern Beltrami County. A CodeRED Emergency Notification was issued and outdoor warning sirens were sounded to warn residents of this potential life-threatening storm.
City, county and state crews have been working through the early morning hours clearing debris from roadways. Motorists are urged to use caution in the morning commute as there are still numerous trees and power lines down. There are widespread power outages with traffic control devices not functioning. Use caution when approaching intersections and do not assume cross traffic will stop. Arterial roadways are being cleared first and secondary roads will be cleared as quickly as possible.
When sirens were activated, the Beltrami County 911 Dispatch Center was inundated with inquires as to why the sirens were going off. Beltrami County has for decades activated outdoor warning sirens for tornado warnings, tornado sightings and intense thunderstorms with damaging winds in excess of 70 miles per hour. The Office of Emergency Management would like to again remind citizens that when outdoor warning sirens are activated, that is your warning to seek shelter inside and get additional information from NOAA Weather Radio or a local media source. During weather emergency situations these additional calls slow down emergency response efforts.
No injuries have been reported as a result of this storm. Citizens are urged to use caution when clearing debris and to take into consideration the high humidity and warm temperatures forecast for the next couple days. Drink plenty of liquids and avoid heat related ailments.