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Murray County Area hit hard by April Winter Storm

April 17, 2013

Some of the branches were low hanging to the point where they were leaning up against power lines. 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS/ Sean Solheim
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS/ Sean Solheim
Some of the branches were low hanging to the point where they were leaning up against power lines.
Initial damage assessments report approximately 2,000 poles were damaged as a result of the storm along with hundreds of miles of line.
Thousands and thousands of white spears point toward the sky in southwestern Minnesota where the weight of ice and snow caused branches of varied sizes to break off of the deciduous trees and crash to the ground. Tops of pine trees bowed low, giving the trees a separated appearance, while their branches hung heavily toward the ground.

The 2013 April Winter Ice Storm that caused Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to declare a state of emergency in southwestern Minnesota began on Tuesday, April 9th with rain that soon turned to freezing rain. Power lines became coated with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of ice.

To add to the strain of ice weight already on the lines, six to eight inches of wet, heavy snow fell on Thursday.

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