Photos: Winds Wreak Havoc Across the Plains

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October 19, 2012; 9:23 AM ET
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Winds Wreak Havoc Across the Plains

A massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains.

Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 19 2012 06:40:46

High winds in excess of 50 mph (and >60 in many places) currently extend over 900 miles from North Dakota to northern Oklahoma!Cory Mottice
A massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains. Thirteen tornadoes were reported on Thursday. Tornadoes damaged and destroyed a number of trailer homes. A house was blown off its blocks in Shelby, Miss. Hailstones the size of golfballs were reported in Stonewall, Miss. Wind snapped trees from Illinois down to Louisiana. 

During October, large storms that produce howling winds are common. This is due to the fact that summer is trying to hang on in the South and winter is trying to arrive across the north. Large temperature contrasts across the U.S. mean bigger storms and stronger winds.
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Damage Attributed to the Wind

The wind whipped up the fires in Bucyrus, N.D., burning down the town.

Small town "pretty much completely lost" to wildfire Post
#bucyrus the day after. There used to be 4 houses there. Church still there! Cowan
Fire claims several bldgs in Bucyrus, ND. Winds to 70 mph and extremely dry conditions #ndwx #sdwx #mtwx Lawrence
National Interagency Fire CenterTomorrow will be the last day for daily Incident Management Situation Reports (IMSR) due to the light fire activty. The IMSR and National...

Winds blew dust from newly-plowed fields into the air. The dust storm temporarily shut down I-35, causing pile-ups.

I-35 near Blackwell exit 222. #okwx Police
From the husband is driving a tractor in this Taylor Taylor
Dusty Driving in OklahomaBrightcove
Blowing dust accompanying 40-50 mph winds reduced visibility to 2 miles at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport #kswx Wichita
Visibilities continue to fall in Wichita. A lot of dust off in the distance. #kswx Mottice

The high winds in South Dakota knocked over trailers on I-90.

@Cornfrmr This is how windy it was on I-90 this afternoon. Farms
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Strong Winds Knock Out Power in Black HillsBrightcove


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