Storms, tornadoes sweep through DakotasStorms spawned two tornadoes in southwest North Dakota and as many as five in southeast South Dakota. Hail hit both states, strong winds downed power lines in South Dakota and a twister in North Dakota’s Stark County destroyed several farm buildings.
BISMARCK (AP) — Storms spawned two tornadoes in southwest North Dakota and as many as five in southeast South Dakota. Hail hit both states, strong winds downed power lines in South Dakota and a twister in North Dakota’s Stark County destroyed several farm buildings.
National Weather Service meteorologists on Thursday morning said there were no immediate reports of major damage from the Wednesday night South Dakota twisters in the Sioux Falls and Mitchell areas. Meteorologist Richard Ryrholm said hail two inches in diameter damaged car windows in Artesian. There also were reports of downed power lines near Colome, and flooded roads near Douglas.
Perry Emch was in a tractor in a field when a tornado hit his farmstead south of Belfield in North Dakota.
“I saw tin flying, stuff flying,” he said. “I saw it touch down. It was huge.”
Six buildings, including three barns, were leveled.
Emch’s sister, Connie Fulton, said her father was in his vehicle when the twister struck. The pickup truck was lifted off the ground and three windows were shattered, she said.
No people were hurt, but Emch said several lambs and chickens were killed.
The storms also spawned hail, including golf ball-size chunks south of Belfield, said meteorologist Kevin Birk.
When a storm hit the town of Spencer, S.D., which in May 1998 was devastated by a tornado, Mayor Donna Ruden scrambled to her basement.
High winds knocked down tree branches and there was nickel-size hail, she said. But it was no where near as bad as the tornado about a decade ago.
“It was a good feeling to come back up and see the town was still in one piece,” she said.