Monday’s storm causes area damage

Tattered portions of the wooden frame remain of the former Prairie Drive In Theater’s big screen. Built in 1952, the screen, although not used in the last decade, has become an iconic image of Terry’s landscape.

By Kay Johnson

        With estimated 95-100 mile per hour winds, rainfall ranging from an inch to an inch and three-quarter and some hail damage reported in the Fallon region, area residents saw plenty of damage from Monday night’s thunderstorm.
         Reports were received of grain bins moved, pivot sprinklers tipped over, damaged roofs and broken windows, among a number of downed trees and limbs in the Terry and Fallon area.

“Fallon took a pretty good size hit from that storm,” said Prairie County Undersheriff Greg Huber. 
Power was out in portions of both Terry and Fallon from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon as MDU crews worked to restore utilities.
Representatives from the National Weather Service out of Glasgow visited Terry and Fallon Tuesday morning to survey the damage, before heading to Glendive to look over the scene there, Huber said.
Results of straight line winds were surveyed, but no signs of tornado activity were reported.
Early on at about 5:20 p.m. the Prairie County Sheriff’s office and Terry Volunteer Fire Department were called to extinguish a fire ball that was caused from a downed power line, near the intersection of Spring Street and Highway 253, neighboring the 4-Corners Convenience gas station. Little damage was sustained.

A tipped over semi truck could be seen near Old Highway 10 outside of
Fallon Monday evening, after the driver exited I-94 attempting to find cover
from high winds.

The sheriff’s office also received a report of a semi truck tipped over on it’s side, outside of Fallon, near Old Highway 10. The driver, traveling with an empty trailer, exited Interstate 94 in attempt to find cover from the strong winds. No injuries were sustained.

Published July 10, 2013

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