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Press Photo by Beth Wischmeyer Above, Stacy Custer, Trinity West Elementary School playground supervisor, fights the wind blowing hair in her face while keeping an eye on students playing during recess Tuesday. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, gusts were measured as high as 62 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

A Monday storm left a few downed fences, snapped trees and the occasional trash can blowing around town. High water, 1.75-inch hail and persistent wind also hit various areas around southwestern North Dakota.

High winds continued Tuesday with gusts in Stark County reading 62 mph at 8 a.m., according to National Weather service reports.

Richardton resident Thea Thompson's tree snapped in half while she slept and hit her garage roof Monday evening.

"It was really strange, the more I think about it, it was a big tree, a big trunk of a tree with a full top, and it flew from the side of my deck all the way over my garage," Thompson said. "I was home and my bedroom happens to be on that side, but I didn't hear it or anything. Talking to people this morning (Tuesday), they said the wind gusts were so loud, that I probably just slept through it."

Thompson said Tuesday she is unsure what repairs will cost.

Other damage was reported in the Richardton and Taylor areas, said Brent Pringle, Stark County emergency manager.

"There were reports seven miles south of Richardton of doors blown off and a roof peeled back on a shop and an outhouse tipped over," Pringle said. "South of Taylor there was quarter-sized hail reported."

Some tree damage is noticeable in Dickinson, Pringle said, along with some fences down along Museum Drive.

A road had to be temporarily closed Monday north of Manning due to water running over it, but was reopened Tuesday, said Denise Brew, Dunn County emergency manager.

"We're just watching. The Knife River here in Manning right now is bank-to-bank," Brew said. "There was some actual power wires down this morning (Tuesday) in Killdeer, MDU had to come and do some fixing."

Bowman County saw heavier rain amounts in eastern portions Monday, said Dean Pearson, Bowman County emergency manager. Pearson estimated some portions may have received three inches or more, though that amount hasn't been verified.

"I'm sure it did some washing of fields, but I have not heard any reports of any kind of flooding or damage," Pearson said.

From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Amidon had a recorded 2.15 inches of rain and Dunn Center had the estimated highest amount of rainfall in the west with 2.7 inches. Dickinson's total rainfall from Sunday night at Midnight to 11:59 p.m. Monday sat at about 1.39 inches, according to National Weather Service information. Trace amounts were noted after midnight Tuesday.

Adams County had some pea-sized hail Monday, said Libby Gravning, Adams County emergency manager.

The Lefor area reported hail estimated at 1.75 inches at about 6 p.m. Monday, according to NWS reports.

Despite tornado warnings in the area Monday evening and some funnel clouds spotted in the area, none touched down, unlike other states.

Tornadoes that ripped across the northern plains destroyed a home and school in rural South Dakota, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

Weather service hydrologist Melissa Smith said no children were in the Progress School in Perkins County when the twister hit. She said it had not opened for classes since Friday.

A semitrailer also blew over in Wells County in North Dakota, where weather service meteorologist Patrick Ayd in Bismarck said strong winds, not tornadoes, did most of the damage.

"Especially southeast and to the east of Bismarck, a pretty good line of thunderstorms developed and strong winds hit a number of small towns along the way," Ayd said.

The weather service says straight-line winds of up to 110 mph damaged farm buildings and trees near Alliance, Neb., and ripped the roof off an apartment building in Scottsbluff.

The central North Dakota town of Harvey also appeared hard hit, with damage to a building at the airport and numerous trees and power lines down, Ayd said.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this story