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Forum News Service, Published June 04 2013

3 tornadoes touch down across southwest North Dakota

DICKINSON, N.D. - The National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes touching down across southwest North Dakota on Monday evening, none of which caused major damage.

The first touch-down happened at approximately 4:15 p.m. 2 miles west-southwest of Bowman in Bowman County, said NWS Meteorologist Michael Matthews, Bismarck.

Connie Gaebe, who lives 3 miles west of Bowman, said she spotted the tornado from town while her husband, Randy, saw it from their farm.

“We didn’t have any wind or anything, not at the time,” she said. “Then we could see the tail getting longer and thinner and heading south a little bit more. We eventually got some rain and pea-sized hail, but nothing destructive.”

The second touched down at 5:20 in Golden Valley County about 30 miles north of Rhame, Matthews said. This tornado did knock down small trees, about five to six inches in diameter, on a ranch.

The third touched down briefly 10 miles north of Hettinger in Adams County at 6:05 p.m., Matthews said.

“The only damage we got from any of these was the trees down on somebody’s ranch,” he said.

The National Weather Service expects more rain through Wednesday morning, but not any more severe weather, Matthews said.

“Today we weren’t expecting a whole lot, and there it was,” he said.