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Minor damage reported after Sunday storms

Reports of possible tornadoes and thunderstorms, along with high winds and hail had sirens blowing and people in basements but there were no reports of serious damage in the area Sunday night.

Reports of possible tornadoes and thunderstorms, along with high winds and hail had sirens blowing and people in basements but there were no reports of serious damage in the area Sunday night.

In Bridgewater, reports of tornadoes in the area sent people seeking shelter, including Councilwoman Verlyn Hudson.

"We were in the basement," Hudson said after the storm passed. "We heard the rain and the wind."

Todd Letcher, the Bridgewater fire chief and maintenance man, said there were numerous tree branches down in town and some trees uprooted in the country. Some power lines were also knocked down, Letcher said.

"It was pretty hard winds," he said.

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Dave Hoffman, who is both the Hutchinson County emergency management director and the mayor of Parkston, said it was a night packed with the potential of dangerous weather but nothing serious seemed to have happened.

"Whistles did blow in Parkston, just a precautionary thing," Hoffman said. "Whistles blew in Menno and Freeman."

He said tree limbs were scattered about and hail was reported in some spots. An area west of Parkston seemed to receive the strongest blast of late spring weather, Hoffman said.

Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery said while workers were on alert, no weather-related problems were reported.

"We don't believe we had more than some pea-sized hail," Montgomery said.

Hail also had fallen around 1 a.m. Monday but no damage reports were received after that intense but brief storm passed through the area, he said.

Charles Mix County saw minor flooding in the Dante area, medium-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph, but no major problems were reported Sunday evening, according to a sheriff's office dispatcher.

Other area counties reported heavy rain, strong winds and a lot of people watching televised storm updates -- but no major damage.

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