A fast-moving storm system brought funnel clouds to McIntosh County, downing power lines and trees, the sheriff said.
“We do have power lines down. We have trees down. (State) Highway 11 is flooded in a couple of spots,” Sheriff Laurie Spitzer said Wednesday night.
“It started at about 7 this evening, and it just quit raining right now,” she said two hours later.
The sheriff spotted two funnel clouds as she was driving and got a picture of one. She said one touched down briefly.
“One came down and went back up and another one came down,” she said.
As for being out in it, Spitzer said, “You have to sit and park and just let the weather pass.”
The National Weather Service got reports of winds estimated at 70 mph just northeast of Ashley. The reports said a pole barn lost its roof and another barn was destroyed.
Wind gusts were estimated at 60 mph just northeast of Bismarck, behind a line of thunderstorms.
A funnel cloud was reported near Streeter, and hail was reported at Selfridge, Hettinger, South Heart and Golden Valley.
Meteorologist Tony Merriman said the storm system seemed to weaken as it moved north later Wednesday night.