DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Fierce winds damaged buildings and destroyed trees in Devils Lake early Wednesday morning.
Wind speeds of 58 mph were recorded during a thunderstorm in Devils Lake at about 1 a.m. Wednesday July 8, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
The high winds downed trees and damaged a storage building at Devils Lake High School’s Roller Field, said Chris Jaeger, Ramsey County's emergency manager. The winds also shattered and blew out the windows of a row of school buses and vans parked near the building.
Lake Region State College also sustained damage to a building roof, and at least one tree fell victim to the wind, Jaeger said.
About 25 miles south of Devils Lake, near Minnewaukan, N.D., there were reports of power lines and trees on the ground after the Wednesday morning storm.
A representative of the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks was in the Devils Lake area on Wednesday afternoon accessing damage in an effort to determine what kind of wind caused the destruction, Jaeger said. There was speculation that the damage could have resulted from wind shear, which is a sudden change in wind velocity or direction over a short distance.
In Grand Forks, about a half inch of rain was recorded. Fargo received about an inch of rain, and West Fargo received about an inch and a half. Flood warnings along the Red River in Cass and Clay counties have been issued. The river is expected to rise above flood stage Friday afternoon to a crest of 18.5 feet Saturday evening. It will then fall below flood stage Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks forecasts that the next storm system could move into the area Friday night into Saturday.
Temperatures are expected to reach 83 degrees Thursday through Saturday.