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National Weather Service to determine if Tuesday's weather event was tornado

The National Weather Service is in Dickinson today investigating Tuesday night's weather event, which it says may have been straight-line winds or may have been a tornado briefly touching down.

A storage building in rural Dickinson took the brunt of the damage from a severe storm that came up quickly and brought rain, hail and winds that reached 87 mph, Stark County Emergency Manager Bill Fahlsing said.

Other buildings sustained damaged from the missing roof of the storage facility.

A funnel cloud was sighted by several individuals, including law enforcement, Fahlsing said. But the National Weather Service will determine what the event was for sure.

Dickinson's tornado sirens went off once there was visual confirmation, Fahlsing said. However, he said there was a malfunction and not all sirens rang. A company will be coming in an attempt to correct the issue.

More will be known about the storm that seemingly came out of nowhere once the National Weather Service finishes its report, Fahlsing said.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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