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Published June 01, 2011, 10:27 AM

Storm damage documented in parts of ND, MN

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storms that ripped through eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota late Monday packed winds just shy of hurricane force and at least one tornado.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storms that ripped through eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota late Monday packed winds just shy of hurricane force and at least one tornado.

The storms cut power to more than 39,000 people, about 2,000 of whom were still waiting early Wednesday for service. The outages caused some basement flooding in Fargo when sump pumps failed.

Other storm damage ranged from torn-off building roofs to tipped semitrailers to the destruction of two barns and three grain bins on a farm southwest of Fargo near Walcott. Fargo officials tell KFGO it could take weeks to clean up the tree mess there.

The Forum newspaper reports that a weather service team confirmed that a tornado was partly to blame for damage in the Park Rapids, Minn., area.

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