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Thunderstorms bring flooding, damage and injuries


Gary Matthews & The Associated Press - July 10, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. – An early morning rain in Box Elder Monday brought some flooding to areas of town.

Forecasters say over an inch of rain fell in less than an hour, resulting in flooding problems for some businesses and homes.

Among them, Big Sky Upholstery, where the business owner says it was a like a lake surrounding his business

Scott Miller says water was around the north side of his building, and creeped in through the front. He estimates it was around six to eight inches deep.

More storms came through the Northern Hills area Monday night.

The National Weather Service says a thunderstorm brought winds gusts near 60 mph and pea sized hail to Spearfish. There are reports of some tree damage in Spearfish.

Meanwhile, in Wyoming, strong winds early Monday blew off roofs, overturned a 30-foot (9 meter) camper and scattered debris in two subdivisions west of Gillette in northeast Wyoming. No one was hurt.

Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King says the winds thought to be from microbursts occurred about 4:40 a.m. and lasted for several minutes.

The Gillette News Record reports that damage included the roof of a garage being blown 100 yards (91 meters), a camper being pushed 15 feet (4.6 meters) down a driveway and a shed losing its roof.

Microbursts are intense winds that descend from the upper atmosphere after a thunderstorm or rainstorm and flow along the ground.

King says two microbursts likely formed as a result of overnight rains in the area.

And, in North Dakota, Sheriff's officials say more than two dozen people were injured when a violent storm whipped through northwestern North Dakota.

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office says the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday, hitting an RV park the hardest. About 20 of those injured were staying at the Prairie View RV Park where high winds overturned some campers.

KFGO reports at least 28 people were treated at the McKenzie County Hospital for storm-related injuries. At least three victims were flown to other hospitals.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Adam Jones says the storm moving through nearby Williston dropped 1 1/2 inches of rain and quarter- to tennis ball-sized hail.

The sheriff's office received assistance from 17 agencies in responding to those injured or displaced.



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