Hail Causes Significant Crop Damage East Of Milford
(Milford)-- We're learning more about damage to crops following severe storms that rolled through the area shortly before midnight last (Thurs.) night. Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret tells KUOO news he's been out assessing the damage and that the hardest hit area appears to be southeast of Milford, where some of the largest hail fell...
"I guess the worse area I've been able to find so far is from a couple miles southeast of Milford then kind of going northeast heading toward Superior. But the worse of it seems to end about straight east of Arnolds Park. So probably about, I don't know, six to eight mile stretch there where there's fairly significant crop damage. One field in particular east of Milford is pretty well destroyed. I mean you can hardly tell there was even anything even planted there in the first place, so some pretty decent damage out there. Some folks I talked to reported hail up to about golf ball size. I know by the time I got to Superior the report from there was it was pretty small, so it looks like it pretty well dumped its hail in that area southeast of Milford then on to the northeast. And then along with that there was some decent winds in there. One farm site had some trees snapped off maybe 10 to 15 feet off the ground; some damage to some older outbuildings, and so forth, so you had the hail and then you had some pretty strong winds on top of it, so the hail and the wind did quite a bit of damage out there in that area to the crops."
Ehret says one farmer he talked to reported having some hail still on the ground yet this (Fri.) morning that hadn't melted yet.