STORM UPDATE: Camper tipped, crops damaged in Parkston area
A severe thunderstorm tore through the area Saturday night, bringing welcome rain but also damaging hail and wind.
The Parkston and Dimock areas were especially hard-hit. Rain totals were greatest in Mitchell, where 2.18 inches fell between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.
A small but powerful storm band with 2-inch-diameter hail struck an area between Dimock and Parkston around 7 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s pretty bad around Dimock,” said Norbert Zirpel, 83, of rural Parkston. He was driving country roads early Sunday, inspecting fields in a hard-hit area near state Highway 37 and 274th Street.
Zirpel’s wheat was already harvested earlier in the summer, but his neighbors weren’t so lucky.
“It’s not good,” he said. “Everything was as good as it gets -- until now.”
The hail storm moved in a southeasterly direction, stripping cornstalks and pummeling soybean fields.
Saturday’s storm was accompanied by high winds that knocked down power lines and highway signs near the intersection of state Highways 44 and 37 at the south end of Parkston.
Parkston resident Kasey Jons said high winds tipped over his camper near Boom’s Restaurant, close to that intersection.
Hutchinson County Deputy Dan Schulte said part of Highway 37 was closed between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday until NorthWestern Energy crews repaired a downed power line.
“It was a pretty nasty hail storm for a while,” Schulte said.
Parkston Mayor and Hutchinson County Emergency Manager Dave Hoffman said the storm did not cause any injuries to people.
Some Parkston residents, however, spent part of Sunday cleaning up broken and dead branches left by the storm. Commercial Asphalt employees Lance Olsen and Jerry Haas spent much of the day pumping out five blocks of flooded streets that will soon be paved.
Some of the 24-hour rain totals from the storm were Chamberlain, 0.14 inch; Wessington Springs, 1.73 inches; and Yankton, 0.93 inch.
Following are storm reports logged by the National Weather Service on Saturday night:
- 7:03 p.m., 2-inch hail, two miles north of Parkston, report from public.
- 7:05 p.m., wind damage, Parkston, signs and buildings damaged at intersection of state highways 37 and 44, camper overturned and fence destroyed, reported by an emergency manager.
- 7:12 p.m., 1.5-inch hail, three miles southeast of Dimock, hail covering ground, damage to the siding of a house, reported by the public.
- 7:38 p.m., 1.5-inch hail, four miles northwest of Olivet, reported by the public.
- 7:43 p.m., 1-inch hail, northeast portion of Mitchell, very short in duration, reported by the media.
- 8 p.m., 0.88-inch hail, three miles southwest of Yankton, reported by an emergency manager.
- 8:07 p.m., 1.25-inch hail, two miles southwest of Yankton, reported by an emergency manager.