Widespread and severe damage is being reported throughout Grand Rapids and Itasca County after a severe storm hit the area after 8 p.m. Monday evening.
People should stay home and out of the way of emergency personnel, advised Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny. They’re less likely to be harmed by falling debris or fallen power lines.
Denny said the city has suffered “extensive damage,” including downed trees and power lines.
“There have been no reported injuries,” he said, adding that the extent of the damage won’t be known until daylight.
Damage is also widespread and extensive throughout the county, according to Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams.
Trees are down on almost every county road, as well as Highway 2, Highway 38, Highway 46 and Highway 169, Williams said.
Williams confirmed that authorities are currently investigating an incident on Swan Lake in Pengilly, but did not release any further information.
Power outages are also being reported throughout the county. Denny said there are scattered outages in Grand Rapids and Public Utilities is working to restore power.