Stormy afternoon

Posted on April 28th in Feature Story,News

Several residents contacted the paper to explain their firsthand accounts of the storm. Harney County resident Debbie Titus saw the storm up close and personal while driving Highway 78 on Tuesday afternoon. She snapped this photo to document it. (Photo by DEBBIE TITUS) On Tuesday, April 20, Harney County residents east of Burns experienced a severe thunderstorm that took down 52 power poles, destroyed outbuildings and tore shingles off roofs.

While early reports suggested that the 70-75 mile per hour winds took the shape of funnel clouds, the official report from the National Weather Service in Boise, Idaho, called the event a “very strong thunderstorm with a strong down burst.”


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