Storms rip through region over the weekend

Chuck Wickenhofer
A trailer owned by Tom Mertens was toppled at Haybale Heights due to winds from the Friday morning storm.

A battery of storms swept through the Lake Region over the weekend, causing extensive damage to some areas while leaving others mostly untouched.

On Friday morning, it was reported that trailers were overturned and trees were felled by strong winds. Hail also caused significant damage in areas surrounding Devils Lake.

In Haybale Heights, a trailer was overturned, and several trees were toppled in Crary. Residents in Sheyenne were left with broken windows and other property damage after storms dropped hail on the area.

Another storm tore through much of the region Saturday night and Sunday morning, and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department reported that a trailer was overturned by wind on Grahams Island Road Sunday night at approximately 8:50 p.m.

Several boats were reportedly overturned on Devils Lake by the strong winds, and unconfirmed reports indicate that Camp Grafton was also hit hard by Saturday night’s storm.

The Associated Press provided a roundup of statewide storm damage:

“Severe storms in North Dakota brought hail, strong winds and heavy rains, damaging homes, vehicles, trees and crops from the southwest to the northeast.

The Bismarck Tribune reports baseball-size hail was reported there early Friday, damaging homes and vehicles.

KZZY radio reports similar-size hail caused similar damage in Sheyenne. Strong winds downed numerous trees there.

National Weather Service reports show wind gusts of 70 mph or more in the Bismarck and Carrington areas.

KQDJ radio reports heavy tree damage in Carrington, and power outages in Carrington, McHenry and Grace City.

KFGO radio reports water over roads and fields in the Park River and Grafton areas. Strong winds blew a semitrailer off U.S. Highway 2 near Niagara.

WDAZ-TV reports Emerado residents were asked to conserve water due to rainfall-burdened lift stations.”

Cleanup efforts following the weekend storms continue.