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Witnesses Describe "Wall of Wind and Dirt" Near Valley City

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Witnesses said they could see the "wall of dirt" approaching before winds topping 60 miles per hour slammed into them.

Valley News live got this picture from Mark Davies, a farmer in Barnes County, and you can see just what they were talking about.

The Tuesday morning wind storm knocked out power to about half of Valley City.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says two separate traffic incidents occurred as a result of high winds.

First, a 35,000 pound semi pulling an empty cattle trailer traveling west on I-94 drove into what he described as "pitch black" conditions before the north winds pushed his semi and trailer towards the median and it tipped onto the driver's side.

Westbound I-94 was shutdown for about 10 minutes while the vehicle was pulled upright.

The second incident involved two westbound pickups pulling bumper-hitch campers. The drivers pulled onto the shoulder due to weather conditions.

As the vehicles sat stopped on the shoulder, the high winds tipped both campers over causing them to become detached from the hitch of the pickups. 

The two campers were partially blocking I-94 east of Valley City, but traffic was able to drive around the blockage.

So far no injuries have been reported because of the storm. 

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