August 10 storm does eerie damage NW of Killdeer

An August 10 storm in and around Killdeer dumped a lot of water and hail on many residents in a short time period.

 

By Pat Ratliff

 Posted August 23, 2013

An August 10 storm in and around Killdeer dumped a lot of water and hail on many residents in a short time period. For some, there was even more damage.

Rob and Mary Sand, who live northwest of Killdeer a few miles, suffered some incredible damage to their guesthouse.

Siding was torn of, paint was stripped from the remaining siding and some windows were broken in the guesthouse and other buildings.

“It must have hailed for around 20 minutes,” Rob Sand, who was away from the property during the storm, said. “There was about three inches total on the ground.”

The fast moving storm also stripped almost every leaf from a small grove of trees on the Sand property.

“There must have been an incredible wind,” Sand said. “The trees look really eerie.”

Wife Mary Sand added the trees and tall grasses there were “cropped as though locusts had gone through.”

Neighbors Craig and Rhonda Dvirnak had some crop damage from the storm.

“It mowed the barley down like you took a lawnmower to it,” Rhonda Dvirnak said. “The noise was incredible. It sounded like a freight train coming.

“The main hail lasted around 12 to 15 minutes, and there was a very strong wind.”

Dvirnak said that some of the hail were walnut sized, with the majority smaller. Luckily, the Dvirnak’s had their vehicles parked inside. They also suffered some house and shingle damage from the storm.


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