FARGO — Severe weather rolling through the region knocked out power for thousands of customers as it moved from Jamestown into Fargo on Monday, Sept. 2.
The problems began as a storm with reported gusts up higher than 80 miles per hour hit Jamestown, N.D., just before 5 p.m. on Labor Day.
Residents of Jamestown shared these pictures of trees snapped in half, truck trailers toppled over and downed trees on homes in the area.
Otter Tail Power Company reported more than 7,700 customers without power at the peak of the outage.
Then as the storm rolled east, the power problems began in Fargo. Hector International Airport reported wind gusts of 71 mph.
As of 7 p.m., Xcel Energy was dealing with more than 21,000 customers without power in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and Dilworth, Minn. There have been several reports of power lines down in the area.
Winds were so strong, a roof was knocked off a building along the 1800 block of Main Avenue in Fargo. Fire trucks sped along Fargo and Moorhead city streets for hours as countless calls came in for medical emergencies, power wires arcing and possible structure fires. Streets were littered with large tree branches and debris.
Traffic lights remained out of power for hours along Broadway. City officials asked motorists to stay off the roads for safety and so crews could restore power.