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Drone video reveals damage caused by high winds in Hillsboro area

HILLSBORO, N.D. — Six F-M ambulances and four emergency response vehicles were seen racing north on Interstate 29 the evening of Tuesday, July 11 after a severe storm rolled through the region.

Don Martin, F-M ambulance operations manager, said that the response was a precautionary measure and there were no reports of injuries in Hillsboro despite damage from the storm. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported 80 mph winds in Hillsboro where powerlines and trees were taken down in the storm’s path.

A large multi-vortex tornado was spotted in the area as well as heavy hail damage and gusts so strong that shingles were blown off rooftops.

The emergency crews from here were headed back to Fargo around 11 p.m., Martin said. Because Hillsboro is within the Sanford Health system, as are the ambulances, Martin said the response was “backing up our own resources as a precaution to assist if anything was needed.”

When the Traill County Sheriff’s Department was reached at 10:30 p.m., a deputy said the ambulances were likely related to storm damage, but any further information would have to come from Sheriff Steve Hunt the morning of Wednesday, July 12.

Hillsboro residents were asked to limit water usage because lift stations were down.

Tuesday’s storm brought damage to Mayville, N.D., and as it headed southeast, it missed Fargo-Moorhead and instead hit the lakes region with more 80-mph winds and one-inch hail.

- Drone video is courtesy of AE2S Communications

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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