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Preliminary Storm Summary
Sunday, July 12th, 2015

On the evening of July 12th, 2015 a line of severe storms brought damaging straight line winds to the southern portions of Cass and Crow Wing counties in north central Minnesota. An automated weather station in Brainerd, MN recorded a peak wind of 65 mph during the storm. Most of the storm damage in the Brainerd area was consistent with winds in the 70 to 80 mph range.

However, there were pockets of more devastating tree damage, mainly in the Pillsbury State Forest area northwest of Brainerd. Based on aerial photos provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, preliminary assessments suggest wind speeds in excess of 100 mph were likely in this area. 

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** Storm Damage Photos **
** View more storm photos from the Brainerd Dispatch News
** View a video of the storm taken by a GoPro camera on a dock.
    (Used with permission).