Hillsboro Picking up the Pieces After Strong Storms Hit Area

The storm caused widespread damage across Traill County and even spawned a tornado

HILLSBORO, ND — A tornado went through Traill County last night, just missing Hillsboro.

But the town didn’t escape damaging winds.

People in Hillsboro spent the day picking up the pieces.

A powerful storm rumbled across Traill County last night, leaving a trail of destruction blowing down trees and damaging homes here in Hillsboro.

The sound of chainsaws could be heard all across the town.

The storm caused widespread damage across Traill County and even spawned a tornado.

The damage in town wasn’t limited to the city’s trees as buildings and homes were also damaged in last night’s storms.

Authorities say they haven’t seen a storm like this one in over ten years.

“When we rolled into town last night, you couldn’t navigate the streets,” said Sheriff Steven Hunt. “I mean, there were trees down across every street you tried to turn down. It took a while to clear the roads so we could move around in town and assess what damage we had. We were very fortunate that everything was limited to property damage.”

The damage in town was caused by straight-line winds.

The tornado passed just three miles to the northeast and only damaged crops in rural parts of Traill County.

Hear more from people in Hillsboro and see more damage sites on KVRR Local News at 9.

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