Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Grand Forks, ND

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
625 PM CDT THU AUG 13 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 08/12/15 DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL IN
NORTHWEST MINNESOTA...

AN NWS STORM DAMAGE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
NORTHWEST MINNESOTA...MAINLY ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 59 FROM AROUND 8
WEST OF ST HILAIRE... THOUGH THIEF RIVER FALL... NEWFOLDEN...
STRANDQUIST... KARLSTAD... AND HALMA AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

THOUGH MOST ALL OF THESE AREAS SHOWED EVIDENCE OF DAMAGING WINDS...
OFTEN IN EXCESS OF 70 TO 80 MPH... THERE WAS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE OF
TORNADIC ACTIVITY.

...EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE NOTED NEAR THIEF RIVER FALLS...

DAMAGE WAS MOST EVIDENT IN AND NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF THIEF RIVER
FALLS... WHERE PEAK WINDS MAY HAVE EXCEEDED 80 MPH ACROSS THE FAR
NORTH AND EAST PORTIONS OF TOWN. AT THE NORTH END OF TOWN... A
WOODEN BILLBOARD WAS BLOWN DOWN... SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED...
AND A SMALL RADIO TOWER WAS BENT IN TWO. ACROSS MUCH OF THE CENTRAL
AND EASTERN PARTS OF TOWN... NUMEROUS LARGE TREE BRANCHES AND LIMBS
WERE BROKEN DOWN... CAUSING DAMAGE TO VEHICLES AND ROOFS. TOWARDS
THE SOUTHEAST PART OF TOWN...MORE BRANCHES WERE BROKEN DOWN AND SOME
BUSINESS SIGNAGE WAS SHATTERED.

IN MOST OF THESE AREAS... EPISODES OF LARGE HAIL ALSO ACCOMPANIED
THE STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS.

...LARGEST HAIL REPORTED NEAR FOX... IN ROSEAU COUNTY...

SEVERAL HAILSTONES RANGING FROM 4 TO 4.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER WERE
MEASURED AND PHOTOGRAPHED NORTH OF THE COMMUNITY OF FOX...IN
CENTRAL ROSEAU COUNTY. THESE REPORTS WERE CONFIRMED AND POSTED VIA
BROADCAST METEOROLOGISTS.

NUMEROUS OTHER REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS HAVE BEEN
REPORTED ACROSS NORTHWEST AND PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA
...AND A SUMMARY OF THESE REPORTS HAS BEEN ISSUED AS A PRELIMINARY
STORM REPORT AND POSTED TO OUR WEBPAGE AT:
   HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/2015_08_12_SVR

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