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Storm brings .81 inch of rain to Mitchell

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The storms that brought tornadoes to the area Wednesday night also brought rain Thursday morning, dumping .81 inch of rain on Mitchell.

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It was the latest storm to hit Mitchell since Monday evening and lasted approximately one hour. No flash flood warnings were in effect for the area. Winds were recorded at 29 mph with gusts reaching a high of 37 mph, according to Meteorological Technician Tim Masters, of the National Weather Service.

Mitchell Deputy Director of Public Works Terry Johnson said there was nothing more than a few small tree branches reported on roads in Mitchell following Thursday morning's storm.

Customers in Parkston were without power for a few hours, said Craig Fergen, area of operations manager at NorthWestern Energy. A large ash tree fell and ripped a power line down on the east side of town at approximately 2:30 a.m. A crew was dispatched immediately to the scene and left the area around 7:30 a.m.

Today will be mostly clear and reach a high in the upper 80s, with winds reaching up to 15 mph in the afternoon. Looking ahead, Saturday will be in the upper 80s with a light breeze of 5 to 10 mph. There is a possibility for thunderstorms during the weekend with a 40 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday and 20 percent chance on Sunday.

"There's not really a whole lot of action going on," Masters said. "It's kind of like things are winding down."

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