Storm rips through FarmingtonA severe thunderstorm passed through Farmington at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, knocking down trees and causing damage in several Farmington neighborhoods.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
A severe thunderstorm passed through Farmington at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The storm produced nickle-sized hail and 75 mile-per-hour winds that uprooted numerous large trees in the neighborhoods east of Flagstaff Avenue between 170th and 175th street.
High winds also did damage downtown Farmington, where trees were uprooted and in some cases toppled over onto houses. Homeowners up and down Main and Elm streets were in many cases spending their mornings clearing debris and waiting for insurance representatives to show up and assess the damage.
The early-morning storm created some alarming conditions.
"It sounded like a tornado coming," said Sandi Tucker, who lives on Main Street. "The wind was blowing and trees were snapping.
"It was loud and it was bright and it was busy."
Tucker's car, parked behind the house, was crushed by a tree.
Elm Street resident Wendy Pryor had a branches poke through her roof in a couple of places. She was rushing around her house during the storm trying to make sure her family was safe.
"It was terrible craziness, wind sounds," Pryor said. "I don't even know how to describe it when it hit the house."
Pryor said the fallen tree broke joists in her attic. She called her insurance agent right away Tuesday and was told only that someone would be with her within 24 hours.
The storm knocked out power in the Seventh and Main street area and power was still out around 9 a.m.
According to Dakota Electric, there were widespread power outages around its system as a result of the storm. As of 10:30 Tuesday there were still approximately 3,000 homes without power, down from more than 10,000. It could take 24 to 48 hours to restore power to everyone. The electric co-op is calling in assistance from other cooperatives.