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Published July 11, 2011, 09:06 AM

Strong storms cause damage in southeast ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Strong storms Sunday evening caused heavy damage in southeast North Dakota and knocked out electricity to thousands.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Strong storms Sunday evening caused heavy damage in southeast North Dakota and knocked out electricity to thousands.

The storms brought strong wind, heavy rain and at least one confirmed tornado. Damage reports included downed power lines, damaged trees and crops, destroyed grain bins, overturned campers and roofs blown off sheds and a mobile home.

The National Weather Service says a tornado damaged a farmstead near Napoleon. No one was hurt.

Several homes were damaged in Oakes. Residents were asked to conserve water when power was lost because sewer lift stations were running on generators.

Montana-Dakota Utilities and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative both reported power outages. The Highway Patrol closed portions of state Highway 83 north of Hazelton because of downed lines on the road.

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