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A windy day

May 15, 2013
Minot Daily News
Flint McColgan/MDN
The flagpole at The Minot Daily News building on Fourth Street Southeast in downtown Minot bends as high winds rip through the town and much of the state Tuesday. The National Weather Service listed Minot and much of the west and central portions of the state with a “Red Flag Warning,” saying that strong westerly winds made the conditions ideal for wildfire ignition and spreading. The peak of the winds came at 1 p.m. in Minot when gusts reached 60 miles per hour, although the average for the day was sustained at 30 mph with gusting up to 45 mph, according to a spokesperson in the National Weather Service Bismarck office. Trash barrels blew into streets and pedestrians shielded their eyes and mouths as sand, dirt and other grit whisked around and at them unpredictably. The Minot Police Department said that a tree fell in the 300 block of Eighth Street Northwest around noon, striking a Midcontinent Communications cable line. Midcontinent and the forestry department were able to clear the tree and restore cable service shortly before 1 p.m.


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