Collapsing Thunderstorm Blasts Region With Winds Up To 80 MPH In Some Places

Tue 5-16-2017

(Undated)-- A thunderstorm that literally collapsed on top of the area brought a downburst along with it, producing winds that in some cases gusted to nearly 80 mph between about 4:15 and 5:00 am this (Tues.) morning. There are scattered reports of trees and power lines and poles down, primarily in western portions of Jackson, Dickinson, Clay and O'Brien counties. Downed trees were reported in Lake Park, especially in the area of South 3rd Street. Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret...Ehret On Wind Damage 

"A lot of tree damage around the city of Lake Park and surrounding areas with the wind from earlier this morning. A lot of branches, some of them up to a foot in diameter broken off of trees. In the cemetery just southeast of town there's five to six trees that are pushed over, most were just snapped off at the ground; one was pushed over root ball and all, another snapped off about half way up. There are some streets in town that are blocked so anybody that's going to be traveling through Lake Park should use caution. There's smaller branches down in the downtown as well and so forth. I did see one tree as well that got pushed over against a house, with some damage to the roof of that house. Other than that just a lot of sticks and twigs and drifts and drifts of corn stalks out in the country."

Reports of tree damage have also been coming from the Everly area in Clay county.

Power outages were also reported in portions of Arnolds Park and in the Terrace Park area of West Okoboji.

This photo was taken 7 miles south of Ocheyedan

The above photos were taken in Lake Park, in the area of South 3rd Street.

(The above photos were all taken in Lake Park and surrounding area. Thanks to Mike Ehret, Dickinson County Emergency Management).