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Severe Thunderstorm Rushes Through Bismarck/Mandan

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Boaters on the Missouri River have to kick it into high gear to get off the water once the storm starts rolling in.

Around six o'clock Sunday evening, there was a line of trucks ready for pick-up at the boat ramp along River Road.

Kent Iverson was out on the river starting at around noon Sunday, but hours later, the look of the clouds got him to hustle it in.

Unfortunately, everyone else decided to pack it in for the day around the same time.

Iverson says it took about a half hour to get his boat out of the river because of the long line.

He says severe weather is something he does not want to wait around for, especially when out on the water.

"Well I was kind of watching the storm clouds, the lightning and hail was the main thing." says Kent Iverson, boater.

A neighborhood is without power Sunday evening, after a tree limb falls into some power lines and through a fence.

The homeowners who have lived in this residence for three years say it was the first time anything like this has happened.

They were eating dinner when the tree crashed into their fence.

Now they, and their neighbors, are waiting for the professionals to cut down the tree, and get power restored.

"I heard a big pop, I thought it was thunder, the dog went in, he saw sparks like fireworks, saw the tree had come down across the electrical lines." says Candi Alexandre.

If you live in a home without a basement, or a mobile home, you should have a plan in place if there is severe weather.

Emergency managers say you should be on the lookout during severe weather watches to ensure you have a safe place to stay in case things take a turn for the worse.

If you wait until the watch turns into a warning, it could be too late.

During extreme wind, mobile homes can easily be damaged or destroyed so you should know beforehand if your community has a shelter for people to stay in during extreme weather situations.

You should also always be aware of what's happening outside.

 "We want people to practice before an actual event occurs so find out if your community has outdoor warning sirens, what they sound like, when they test them, what causes them to set them off, the other thing is to know the weather, look for the signs, listen to the radio, television." says Mary Senger, Burleigh County Emergency Manager.

Senger says one of the easiest things people can do is purchase a weather radio or an all hazards radio.

They can be set for tornado warnings or severe thunderstorms.

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