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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:21 AM CDT on July 23, 2014


... NWS damage survey for 07/21/2014 thunderstorm wind event...

The worst damage reported to the Bismarck National Weather
Service from its forecast area... from the storms on Monday...
was in Foster County. This is about mid way between the major
cities of Jamestown and Devils Lake North Dakota.

The Foster County area was extensively surveyed by a National
Weather Service team... led by two officials from the Foster
County emergency management office.

.Thunderstorm wind damage in Foster County North Dakota.

Peak wind estimated: 90 to 100 mph
path length /statute/: 13 miles
path width /maximum/: varies - damage across most of the County
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: July 21 2014
start time: around 720 PM CDT
start location: Bordulac / Foster / ND
start lat/lon: 47.39 / -98.97

End date: July 21 2014
end time: around 735 PM CDT
end location: near Grace City / Foster / ND
end lat/lon: 47.54 / -98.82

It was determined that severe thunderstorm winds of 60 to 100 mph
tore through Foster County on the evening of Monday July 21 2014.
The highest winds... 90 to 100 mph... pounded the area from Bordulac
to just southwest of Grace City. In this area numerous farms
suffered extensive severe damage. A grain elevator was severely
damaged. Grain bins were destroyed... some torn from their foundations
after being hit by flying tree trunks and other debris. Outbuildings
had roofs torn off. Some farm homes suffered roof and siding damage
and windows were broken. A semi tractor had the Hood over the
engine caved in... windows broken... and the cab on the passenger side
dented after being hit by a grain bin. The trailer of an adjacent
semi had been pushed about a foot after being hit broadside by the
bin. There was agricultural damage as row crops were laid flat.

Outside of the highest wind area... a semi truck was blown off the
Highway and tipped near Melville... and tree branches were broken
across the County.

On the drive to and from Foster County from Bismarck... tree branches
were broken... some trees were snapped or uprooted... and crops were
damaged. This included along Interstate 94 from Bismarck to
Medina... through Woodworth... Pingree..Edmunds and Melville.

This was a significant severe weather outbreak.

The National Weather Service thanks the Foster County emergency
manager and assistant emergency manager for accompanying the
survey team on this damage assessment.

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final publication in NWS storm data.


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