A strong thunderstorm that moved through Dickinson in about 15 minutes on Tuesday evening left downed power lines Tuesday night near the 600 block of First Street East.
A nearly 100-year-old tree took down lines near one residence. Less than a block away, lines were down across a car and in the middle of the street.
Linda Schroeder said when she walked out of her home after 9 p.m., she didn’t even notice the tree that had taken down the power line in her yard. She had called the Dickinson Police Department about the street being blocked by her small fl at-bed trailer that had been pushed into the middle of the street by high winds.
“He (the officer) helped me push the trailer up the street and he goes, ‘Hey, you’ve got a big branch laying over the tree,” Schroeder said.
She said her home was built in 1920, so she estimates the trees that broke were around 95 years old or more.
“What can I say? I can’t believe it,” she said, adding she still had power to her home.
Montana-Dakota Utilities workers were at the scene Tuesday night fixing the downed lines.
Bill Abeling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said the weather station at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport clocked winds at about 35 mph.
“The strongest part of the cell moved through Dickinson, but it kind of missed the airport,” he said.
Small hail was reported north of Dickinson, Abeling added.
The storm reached Dickinson at around 8:40 p.m. and moved through shortly after 9 p.m.
Tornado in Bowman County, hail in Slope County
Some of the scariest weather in the area was in extreme southwest North Dakota in Bowman County near the South Dakota border.
A tornado was confirmed about 14 miles south of Bowman at 7:27 p.m. and was “on the ground for better than four to five minutes,” Abeling said.
Large hail was reported in Bowman and Slope counties as well.
About 16 miles west of Amidon, a person reported 3.25-inch hail to the National Weather Service. Golf-ball size hail was reported in and around Bowman.
More golf-ball size hail fell in western McKenzie County as part of a different thunderstorm cell, which also produced around 50 mph winds. Abeling said a pole barn was reported destroyed, as well as a 50-foot trailer that was overturned and moved about 150 feet. “Either straight-line winds or a very weak tornado” was the culprit there, he suspects. “We don’t know. There was nothing spotted. Most likely downburst winds. We can’t say for sure.”