- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Weekend storms injured three people as wind gails and hail caused extensive damage in several parts of North Dakota.

On Saturday a storm destroyed camping tents and vehicles, and felled trees at Kimball Bottoms in Burleigh County, around eight miles south of Bismarck. Wind gusts of 60 mph snapped trees in half and tore others from the ground.

Three people suffered head injuries from baseball and softball-sized hail at Lake Tschida (SHY’-duh) in Grant County in that storm.

On Sunday evening, a second storm cut southeast from North Dakota’s northwestern oil patch toward the center of the state.

The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado touchdown in McKenzie County. McKenzie County emergency coordinator Karolin Rockvoy said callers to emergency services on Sunday night reported a tornado around four miles east of Keene. A large garage attached to a residential structure was destroyed, but there were no reports of injuries.

“It was hit by something. I just don’t know whether it was a tornado or high winds,” said Rockvoy.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Simosko said wind gusts of 85 mph were recorded northwest of Bismarck in Oliver and Mercer Counties over the weekend. Elsewhere in central and western North Dakota wind gusts between 60 mph and 70 mph were recorded.

Simosko said the National Weather Service had received numerous reports of roof, deck, shed, and building damage from the storms.

Williams County emergency manager Mike Hallesy said he is still waiting for damage estimates to come in. Williams County saw 70 mph wind gusts and golf ball-sized hail on Sunday.

Hallesy said the county also saw crop damage and possibly downed power lines.

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