NWS surveying damage for evidence of tornadic activity

    A weather system that rolled through Crookston late Sunday and early Monday caused very isolated local damage, the most notable being a large tree falling on a house on Pleasant Avenue – no one was hurt – but elsewhere in Polk County damage was more widespread. Damage assessments include National Weather Service personnel trying to determine if the damage was solely the result of high winds or tornadic activity.

    No injuries were reported, however, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Emergency Management.

    The PCSO reports that the East Polk County cities of Winger and Fosston were hit especially hard Sunday night, as well as the Tilberg Park and Campground located in Queen Township north of Fosston.

    Winger lost power, homes were extensively damaged, as were outbuildings, vehicles and CHS Winger Elevator. A gas line leak at a grain dryer at the elevator resulted in a short-term evacuation of nearby residents.

    In Fosston, the wind toppled trees and knocked down a Verizon telecommunications towers northeast of the city. In Tilberg Park, downed trees were reported, as well as several damaged campers and one damaged vehicle.

    The PCSO encourages county residents to sign up for Code Red weather alerts. Information on Code Red can be found at www.co.polk.mn.us or by calling the PCSO at 281-0431.