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Published June 09, 2012, 12:27 PM

Straight-line winds cause damage in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Straight-line wind gusts damaged buildings, uprooted trees and sent a 30-foot sailboat crashing through the window of a home in North Dakota on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Straight-line wind gusts damaged buildings, uprooted trees and sent a 30-foot sailboat crashing through the window of a home in North Dakota on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

The boat hit a home in Granville, where residents have reported numerous downed power lines and swing sets and other items flattened, KXMC television reported.

Rick Krolak, a Weather Service technician, said high winds in southern Montrail County destroyed an old church storage building and overturned several campers.

"Most of it damaged structures, trees, and there are telephone lines down," Krolak said Saturday.

A gust of 93 miles per hour was measured at Minot Air Force Base at 6:20 a.m. Saturday.

In the area around Minot, where the weather service estimated three-quarters to one-and-a-half inches of rain had fallen by 8:30 a.m., spotters reported standing water on many roads, multiple downed power lines and large trees uprooted.

Pea- to nickel-size hail was reported in Berthold, and spotters noted several telephone poles and a pole barn toppled near Palermo. A Quonset hut, which is a lightweight, semi-circular steel building, was downed in Des Lacs.

Nathan Heinert, a Weather Service meteorologist, said the threat to western North Dakota has passed, but more storms were possible later Saturday into Sunday morning in the eastern half of the state and across the James River basin.

"The cold front progressed a little faster east," he said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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