Forum staff reports, Published August 07 2013
Tornado ruled out in Dickinson stormDICKINSON, N.D. - Damage caused by a severe thunderstorm Tuesday evening in Dickinson was surveyed Wednesday by the National Weather Service, which determined that despite numerous reports of funnel clouds, the city was not hit by a tornado.
According to the weather service’s Bismarck office, a severe thunderstorm struck Dickinson’s west side with heavy rain, small hail and winds up to 90 mph.
A storage building in rural Dickinson took the brunt of the damage, Stark County Emergency Manager Bill Fahlsing said. The winds blew in garage doors, tore loose the roof and damaged the cinder-block walls.
Other buildings sustained damage from the missing roof of the storage facility.
“The damage surveyed was consistent with straight line thunderstorm winds … and not a tornado,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “The damage surveyed indicated wind speeds of approximately 90 mph. A peak wind gust of 87 mph from this storm was recorded at the Dickinson airport.”
A funnel cloud was sighted by several people, including law enforcement, Fahlsing said.
He also said there was a malfunction with some warning sirens. A company will be coming in to attempt to correct the issue.