Posted: Aug 2, 2013 10:52 PM by MTN News
ACTON- Residents in Acton are literally picking up the pieces of their town today after Thursday night's storm tore apart several homes.
According to the National Weather Service in Billings, the storm is being categorized as a microburst with enhanced winds of 90 miles per hour-the speed (albeit sustained) of winds equivalent to a strong Category 1 Hurricane.
Properties a stone's throw east of the Acton Bar off of U.S. Highway 3 took the hardest blow as winds destroyed garages, mangled trailer homes and tore the roof off of several more-- blowing one as far as 30 feet from a porch it was connected to prior to the storm.
The owner of the Acton Bar, Duane Cowdin, lost a garage and a 30 foot long storage shed that has yet to be entirely been located.
"It seemed like just a normal storm and then the wind picks up harder than it usually blows out here and then, everything just started flying around," said Kody Tadday, an Acton resident who was driving on Highway 3 when the storm hit.
Three miles away from the apparent epicenter near the Acton Bar, damage sustained by the storm was just as intense at the Yellowstone Drag Strip where fiberglass light poles used to illuminate the track were folded over onto the ground (see video above).
Despite the damage, the owner of the Yellowstone Drag Strip told Q2 on Friday that he believed the track would still run a normal schedule of races Friday night.
Overall, there were no reported injuries and only one horse was killed.
According to Marty Steffes, a Black Horse Patrolman, the horse was a 10-year veteran from the Al Bedoo Shrine's Black Horse Patrol that became scared when a 40-foot semi truck trailer was blown onto a pickup truck.
Neighbors saw the horse become entangled in a fence and freed it. However, a veterinarian determined the steed had to be put down due to its injuries.
Steffes said a barn used by the patrol located in the same field was also significantly damaged by the storm.
"It's just like a family member," said Steffes of the losing the veteran horse. "Hopefully, going forward, everybody has been so great supporting the Shrine and supporting the Black Horse. That's all we ask so we can help the kids."
The next fundraising event for the Black Horse Patrol will be the Horse N Course Poker Run that will take place on September 7th at mile marker 9 on Highway 87 to Roundup.
You can learn more information about the run by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.