Storms rip North Dakota

High winds and large hail pounded parts of North Dakota Sunday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | June 20, 2005


High winds and large hail pounded parts of North Dakota Sunday.

The damage was spread across the state as winds in excess of 90 miles per hour roared through the plains state. Authorities did not report any tornado touchdowns and weather officials are saying straight-line winds are the culprit for Sunday’s damages.

In southwestern North Dakota’s Stark County, the town of Dickinson saw high winds severely damage mobile homes and tear siding off homes and businesses. According to the North Dakota Division of Emergency Management (NDDEM), three-inch hail pummeled windows and roofs in the area as well.

Thousands of people were without power for much of Sunday, as the high winds blew down power lines and uprooted trees. Great River Energy is reporting that winds knocked down more than 30 miles of transmission lines in one area.

“They expect the cleanup to take three or four weeks,” said Rick Robinson, a NDDEM spokesperson. He added that a carnival in Dickinson suffered $500,000 in damages to its equipment from the winds.

Also in Stark County, residents of Gladstone watched doors and siding rip away from their homes.

Powerful winds destroyed grain bins, grain elevators, and other farm outbuildings in northeastern parts of the state. Hard-hit counties include Cavalier, Pembina and Ramsey. One man was injured in Walhalla when a tree fell on his tent.

More severe storms rolled through the state Monday morning, but no damages have been reported yet. The heavy rain is also taking a toll as river flood warnings remain in effect for areas along the Red River, the Buffalo River, the Cheyenne River, the Wild Rice River, and the Maple River.

Robinson said the rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue this week.


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