By Mark Barnes
Last Thursday’s storm damaged property, crops and yards as it raced north from Owyhee County through Melba and towards McCall. Some parts of Owyhee and Canyon Counties underneath the path of the storm received up to one-and-a-half inches of rain in a matter of minutes along with golf ball sized hail and strong winds up to 58 miles per hour. The storm smashed records with a recorded 7,781 lightning strikes across 14 counties. There were two unconfirmed reports of tornadoes associated with the storm.
KTVB reported several homes whose yards were washed away from the severe downpour. KIVI reported Steve and Eddie Martineau had almost a complete loss of their bean crop when almost 2.5 inches of rain filled their fields with mud.
The storm continued north towards McCall where it caused mudslides along Highway 55 north of Banks and the Banks to Lowman road shutting down both highways.