Storms in Dakotas Spawn Tornadoes, 1 Injured

June 18, 2010

Strong storms that tore through the Dakotas prompted reports of tornados, flash flood warnings and hurt a man whose car was hit by a mobile home.

No other serious injuries were immediately reported from the storms that began late on June 16.

The National Weather Service said two tornadoes were reported near Dupree.

Rooftops were blown off and electrical lines were downed, causing power outages to some of the town’s 460 people, said Ziebach County Sheriff Robert Menzel.

He said it looked like some mobile homes “kind of disintegrated.”

“Everybody is shocked,” Menzel said.

A man was inside in a car when strong winds blew a mobile home on top of the vehicle, Menzel said. The man was taken to a Bismark, N.D., hospital. His identity was not immediately released and his condition was not known.

Up to 7 inches of rain fell in parts of the Dakotas late Wednesday and early Thursday, the weather service said. Officials cautioned that could flood small waterways and put roads and low-lying areas under water.

In south central North Dakota, water was reported over Interstate 94 west of Bismarck early Thursday.

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