Storm blows through area, results in outagesPublished 11:01am Monday, September 9, 2013
Residents in Otter Tail County were hit with heavy rain to end the weekend, with clouds moving over the Fergus Falls area early Sunday. The storm turned severe early Monday morning as winds and rain grew heavier.
In Wadena, wind gusts reached 62 mph and several other towns in the county reported gusts more than 50 mph.
In Fergus Falls, high winds blew tree branches and leaves onto streets that were running with water. From Sunday morning through early Monday, 2.5 inches of rain fell in town. Sunday’s storms dropped 1.47 inches and Monday morning saw .94 of an inch.
Otter Tail Power reported the feeder station to customers on the northeast corner of town was down twice over the weekend.
With heavy rains weighing down tree branches that were already close to lines, power went out first on Sunday morning at 5:40 a.m. The outage affected approximately 944 customers. Power was restored to half of the customers within a half hour. Power was completely restored to all customers by 7:18 a.m.
Monday morning’s high winds and rain blew branches back onto the lines, causing an outage at 4:23 a.m. The outage affected the same customers and power was once again restored to half of the residents within half of an hour. Crews restored power to all customers two hours and 26 minutes later.