Strong storms bring rain, hail to southwest North Dakota
With half dollar-sized hail and washed out roads, this Memorial Day weekend got off to a wet start.
Most of southwest North Dakota was hit with heavy rain and air-to-ground lightning Saturday, during the official unofficial first weekend of summer.
"We still have a severe thunderstorm warning in effect as of 6 p.m. CDT for southern portions of Adams County," said Rich Kinney, a Bismarck-based National Weather Service meteorologist. "So, we're not out of the woods in terms of severe weather for the rest of the evening."
The Adams County Sheriff's Office was surveying the damage throughout the county.
"It kind of varied," Adams County Emergency Manager Michele Marthaller said. "There was everything from no hail in parts of the county to half dollar-sized hail. North Hettinger probably got hit the hardest."
Heavy rains that pelted the area Saturday afternoon brought with them the chance for isolated flash floods.
"We do have some flooding," Marthaller said. "There's some roads that law enforcement have barricaded because we have some roads that were washing."
Other closures included a railway and an old gravel county road heading into South Dakota, said Shaun Peterson, Adams County sheriff's deputy.
"It will be probably half a road by the time it's done draining," he said.
A tornado warning issued Saturday afternoon for western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota was expected to expire at 10 p.m.
The chance for severe weather -- including hail, damaging winds and heavy rains -- continues through today and into next week, Kinney said.
"There are continued chances of strong, potentially severe thunderstorms on Sunday as well," he said. "Southwest and actually all of far western North Dakota including the southwest is in a slight risk for severe weather Sunday.
"If you observe severe weather or significant flooding, pass those reports onto law enforcement for relay to us here at the Weather Service," Kinney said.
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