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Strong Winds Sweeping Through the Dakotas

Matthew Pettus holds a sheet open in the wind
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Strong winds are causing problems for motorists, electrical crews and even buildings in the Dakotas.

The National Weather Service has posted high wind advisories and warnings for a second day, with gusts of more than 60 mph in some areas.

Scattered power outages have occurred. The Dickinson Press reports a building under construction in the North Dakota town of New England collapsed. Tumbleweeds in Dickinson piled as high as some buildings. Hess Corp. shut down some oil rig activity in the region.

In South Dakota, KCCR radio reports wind gusts snapped the top of a 40-foot electrical pole in Fort Pierre. The Daily Republic reports wind flipped a camper at Fort Randall Dam. Aberdeen trucker Don Neifer told the American News he decided to get off the road Wednesday afternoon.

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