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Associated Press, Published August 31 2013

Western, central North Dakota gets hit with hail

BISMARCK — Western and central North Dakota got hit with hail overnight as storms cut through the area's hot, muggy weather.

The National Weather Service received a report Friday of 3-inch hail “about the size of tea cups” about nine miles southwest of Mandan, meteorologist Lindsay Tardif-Huber told the Bismarck Tribune.

The weather service also received reports of baseball-size hail in Glen Ullin and strong winds west of Mandan. Half-dollar-size hail was reported in Mandan and quarter-size hail near Bismarck, she said.

“We got a lot of reports of quarter-size hail, and nickels and pennies,” Tardif-Huber said.

A report of a funnel cloud north of Glen Ullin led to a tornado warning and a driver reported a funnel cloud west of Mandan, but there were no reports of a tornado touchdown.

“We had one report of 60 mph winds west of Mandan,” said Tardif-Huber, who is based in Bismarck. “Here at the airport, the strongest we got 45 mph.”

A storm that hit the Devils Lake area early Thursday caused some damage at Devils Lake Speedway.

Nolan Olmstead, owner and manager of the speedway, told the Dickinson Press that he spent Thursday cleaning up damage from straight-line winds that lifted the main grandstand and pushed it forward more than two feet.

The storm also sent an entire section tumbling against concrete-reinforced fencing, reducing it to rubble, he said.