11 tornadoes struck parts of the High Plains on August 26, 2007. The strongest was a deadly EF4 that tore through the town of Northwood. In this summary, we look at the three significant tornadoes of the outbreak and the damage they caused.
On August 7, 2010, 11 tornadoes were reported by the SPC. This summary looks at the most violent, an EF-4 that affected parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. This photogenic tornado was captured on video as it leveled a farm in Wilkin County, MN.
On July 18, 2004, 8 tornadoes touched down in North Dakota. This summary looks at the strongest, an F4 that annihilated a farmstead near Marion. This tornado produced what is arguably among the most intense damage from any tornado in the 2000s.
Eight tornadoes were recorded on July 31, 1966 across the Dakotas. The strongest was later rated F3. It tracked from south of Ashley, ND and into North Dakota, north of Long Lake.
Per the NWS Storm Data Entry, the tornado passed just south of the Heart River. It was more than likely rain-wrapped and lasted only 15 minutes. 450+ structures were damaged with 100 of those declared beyond repair. There were 2 minor injuries in homes. Estimated max winds were 150 mph.
It is the deadliest Independence Day tornado on record and one of the deadliest in North Dakota’s modern history: The Elgin, ND F4 tornado of July 4, 1978.
In addition to this tornado there was widespread wind damage reported that encompassed the region. The town of Tuttle was hit hard by the tornado. The CDNS stated that this was “described as worst storm to hit that area.” Eight farms were leveled. A man died trying to get to shelter in his basement.
The tornado began 4 miles west of New England. It then moved south of Regent to west of Mott. 10 farms were destroyed, some leveled.
This devastating tornado cleared all property in an area 5 city blocks wide and 20 block long in Fargo. Ted Fujita did an in depth study on what occurred.
“My dad was just sucked out and ended up underneath a grain truck. He held on.” – Lorrece Usselman Werner talking about her father Pius, who took shelter in a creamery during the Fort Rice tornado. She was quoted in an article in the Bismarck Tribune.