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Severe storms strike Todd, Wadena counties on Memorial Day

Just 18 days ago the area was hit by damaging storms and a confirmed tornado.

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Here's what is left of the pavilion at Old Wadena Park north of Staples after winds destroyed the structure on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Contributed by Jeremy Umland
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WADENA — In a span of just 18 days, the area has been struck by a second severe storm that produced hail and damaging winds through parts of Todd and Wadena counties.
Worst hit locally in this round appears to be Eagle Bend, where homes and farms have been leveled by winds. The Todd County Sheriff's Office reported no injuries or fatalities though there was extensive property damage. Minnesota Power is saying there has been a confirmed tornado in Eagle Bend.

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This image shows the extensive damage in Eagle Bend caused by strong winds and what are some are saying was a tornado on Monday, May 30.
Contributed by Todd County Sheriff's Office

Further south, in Forada, Minn., a path of destruction reportedly had damaged as may as 100 homes.
In Wadena County, reports of damage were not widespread, though downpours Monday evening flooded the streets of Wadena. Many area fields have standing water. Quarter-sized hail was reported in Verndale and Wadena by spotters. Winds of 60 to 70 mph were reported by the National Weather Service for Wadena. They also showed reports of 1 to 1.5 inches of rain from the first storm that passed through on Monday evening in the Wadena area.

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Quarter-sized hail was reported in Verndale and Wadena on Monday, May 30. This stone was foud after an evening storm rolled through the city of Verndale.
Contributed by Jeremy Umland

Some of the worst damage reported in Wadena County appears to be at Old Wadena County Park, which is currently blocked off and closed due to severe damage in the park which is north of Staples.
While residents in these areas hardest hit believe tornadoes were at hand, the National Weather Service, as of Tuesday morning, was still reviewing information to make determinations on whether there were tornadoes and how severe they were.
Power outages were reported by Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative and Minnesota Power in our region as the storms damaged power lines and downed trees on lines. As of Tuesday morning, Wadena County had 459 customers without power, according to PowerOutage.us.

More than 72,000 customers in Minnesota were without power as of Monday night, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates data from utilities across the United States.

A weather phenomenon known as a derecho unleashed damaging wind storms across the region last week. Not only is this massive wind storm relatively rare, but it is unusual for it to form so early in the season.

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