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Recent storms cause havoc in area

Mother Nature played havoc with the area this past weekend. High winds, lightning and rain covered the area from Friday evening through Sunday night. As storm clouds, boiled overhead tornado sirens were sounded on Saturday evening warning of the potential of violent weather.

Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative had a very long night Friday night as straight-line winds buffeted the area overturning center pivot sprinklers and snapping power poles causing disruptions of power and service to their customers.

DSEC Membership Services Manager Steve Horrell reported that there were outages but the crews quickly restored power.

“We lost 110 poles,” stated Horrell. “There are approximately 65 sprinklers that were laid over during the storm.”

The area received approximately 5-10 inches of rain over the weekend and has helped a very dry area green up.

There was an unconfirmed report from the owner of a pickup on Hwy. 385 south of Dimmitt that a pickup had been picked up by a possible tornado from his yard and landed in his neighbor’s yard. The neighbor reported there were no truck tracks.

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Straight-line winds were blamed for power poles being snapped during the storms that passed through the area Friday evening. Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative Membership Services Manager Steve Horrell reported that DSEC lost 110 poles.

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Approximately 65 center pivot sprinklers were reportedly ‘laid over’ by the high winds due to the recent storms.