Wind gusts of 85 mph were reported at Jamestown Regional Airport that caused downed trees and accidents as a thunderstorm passed through the area late Monday afternoon, according to Megan Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said the storm caused multiple problems in the Jamestown area.
"One big problem was on Interstate (94)," he said. "At least one semi overturned and a camper and pickup overturned near the JRMC (Jamestown Regional Medical Center) exit."
There were no injuries reported in either accident although interstate was closed for a period because of debris on the road.
A portion of a wall was knocked down at the St. John's Academy addition construction site..
"Multiple areas without power," Bergquist said. "Otter Tail (Power Co.) out in force."
Bergquist said reports of power outages to the dispatch center bogged down the Stutsman County Communications Center.
"Call the utility company when there is an outage," he said.
Other problems reported in the area included downed trees in Jamestown, street flooding and the Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded to a house fire at Buchanan that may have been caused by lightning.
The NWS had issued a severe thunderstorm warning prior to the storm.
"It was more of a windstorm at Jamestown," Jones said. "There was more hail earlier in the storm."
Reports from the Spiritwood Lake area included hail of up to 1.5 inches in diameter fell there.
Details from the storm from the NWS were delayed by the power outage that included the Jamestown Regional Airport. Power was restored in at least some areas by 7:30 p.m.