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Windy Wednesday: Gusts hit 65 mph

Tumbleweeds pile up behind B&K Electric and their neighbors in south Dickinson on Wednesday.1 / 2
Rebecca Alpert took this picture off of 14th Street West on Wednesday.2 / 2

From alarms going off to roofs blowing off to giant tumbleweeds flying through town impeding motorists to power outages and more, robust winds caused many problems for residents of Dickinson and beyond Wednesday.

The winds caused a power outage in Manning, Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew said.

"The city of Manning, as far as I know, is still out," she said Wednesday afternoon. "Usually, that means rural areas are out too."

There was rain Tuesday and into Wednesday, but not much and the wind and sun were expected to dry out any moisture it left, Bismarck-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Ayd said.

The roof of the Elder Care/Public Transit building started to come loose in the wind, but crews from Tooz Construction were able to fasten it down before any damage was done.

An under-construction structure in New England collapsed, city officials confirmed.

Residents all over Dickinson saw tumbleweeds, some rather large, flying through town. Some southside businesses saw them pile up as high as their buildings.

"Some are big, like 5-footers," B&K Electric's Ryan Kilwein said. "They're bigger than me, that's for sure."

It was determined that a residential burglar alarm was set off by strong winds opening a door in the early morning Wednesday, Dickinson Police Capt. Dave Wilkie said.

Because of the weather, part of the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently installed playground equipment at Taylor-Richardton Elementary in Taylor was partially moved indoors.

Elementary Principal Janine Olson was still able to cut a red ribbon with white stars in front of the playground, and students were able to enjoy it, albeit all bundled up, for a few minutes before loading up on buses to take them back to Richardton.

In the interest of safety, Hess Corp. shut down some rig activity in certain areas, it told The Press in a written statement.

"Wind conditions are monitored on a regular basis and this is part of the constant monitoring we conduct every day," according to the statement. "If work becomes unsafe due to weather conditions we stop the activity immediately."

High-profile vehicles are in particular danger when traveling, Brew said.

"Without even any warning a gust can come up and it takes it away," she said. "When gusts are going to 60 to 65 mph, you can't tell what's going to grab it."

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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