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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 • WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN

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Storm wreaks havoc Hurricane-force winds, rain and hail damaged properties throughout Twin Towns Tuesday

PHOTOS BY KEN HARTY AND MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS

Above: Pieces of roofing from Mobile EFX and debris litter the parking lot between the new DQ Grill and Chill and Life Fitness Pros on Minnesota Avenue in Breckenridge, Minn. Inset: Exposed trusses at Mobile EFX.

For more PHOTOS go to FLICKR www.flickr.com/photos/wahpetondailynews BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com

The bright blue sky was quickly blocked by black and grey clouds Tuesday afternoon as a powerful storm capable of producing a tornado rolled through the Twin Towns and greater Richland and Wilkin Counties. The storm that hit produced hurricane force winds as Weather Observer Tom Richels said they reached 75-80 miles per hour. Additionally, the storm unleashed hail that Richels explained was 1.5 inch in diameter. “This was the worst storm I’ve seen since 1980,” he said. Significant thunder and lightning was recorded as well,

much of it being cloud to cloud. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks first sent out a tornado watch our at 2:47 p.m. Nearly an hour later, at 3:58 p.m. the Grand Forks office announced the storm ws moving across Richland County. A half hour later, the storm sirens turned on in Wahpeton and Breckenridge as a tornado warning was activated at 4:27 p.m. During the storm, 1.05 inches of rain fell according to Richels. After the tornado warning was canceled at 4:53 p.m., multiple streets were filled up to the curb or over with rain water. There was also a number of tree branches

KEN HARTY • DAILY NEWS

A large branch blocks a path at Bois de Sioux golf course after Tuesday’s storm.

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CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS

A large tree snapped in two in front of Lloyd’s 75 Service on Highway 75 in Breckenridge, blocking the south-bound traffic for a short time.

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