Weather Forecast


Tornado touches down in Wibaux; heading to Beach

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a tornado warning for parts of Billings, Golding Valley and Slope counties.

A tornado was spotted six miles west of Wibaux, Mont., at approximately 7:20 p.m. Mountain Time and was moving east at 45 mph. The tornado is a part of a line of thunderstorms moving across the region. The storm has the potential to produce more tornadoes and quarter-sized hail. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles may occur and tree damage is likely, according to NWS.

The tornado is expected to be near Beach at approximtely 7:45 p.m. and Sentinel Butte around 7:55 p.m. Mountain time.

The NWS advises people to take cover by moving to the lowest part of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If outside or in a mobile home, seek shelter.

A high wind warning is also in effect for Billings, Burke, Dunn, Divide, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties until 12 a.m. Mountain Time. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties. Stark, Slope, Bowman Adams and Hettinger counties are in a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Mountain Time.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.