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Record rains, funnel clouds and 80-mph winds batter region from Larimore, N.D., to Crookston, Minn.

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Record rainfall and 70- to 80-mph winds battered the northern Red River Valley, especially between Larimore, N.D., and Crookston, Minn., on Monday night.

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The National Weather Service said winds higher than 80 mph were recorded in Crookston, while gusts reached 66 and 69 mph at Grand Forks International Airport shortly before 8 p.m.

“The Crookston area was probably the hardest hit. We also had more significant damage along the Highway 2 corridor between Larimore and Crookston,” said Peter Rogers, a meteorologist with the weather service in Grand Forks.

Rainfall in Grand Forks hit an official July 21 record of 2.74 inches, breaking the mark of 2.03 inches, set in 1966. The airport also recorded a record 2.71 inches of rain, topping the 1966 mark of 2.57 inches.

Funnel clouds were reported 6 miles west of Larimore at 8:53 p.m. and 7 miles west of Crookston at 8:55 p.m.

The Grand Forks airport reported window damage to its new terminal building.

Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported about 4 miles east of Larimore, while 1-inch hail was reported in Larimore.

In Arvilla, N.D., east of Larimore, streets remained under water this morning as heavy rain flooded the south side of the community Mondaynight.

Other hail, wind of other damage reports around the region Monday evening, according to the weather service, included:

  • An RV was overturned and businesses were damaged near the American Crystal Sugar Co., in south Crookston.
  • Significant hail, with hail measuring ¾- to 1-inch hail, 4 to 5 miles west and southwest of Osnabrock, N.D., in Cavalier County.
  • 1-inch hail 4 miles west-northwest of Larimore.
  • .88-inch hail 4 miles west-northwest of Roseau, Minn.
  • 8- to 10-inch trees downed at 8:15 p.m. in the area of 32nd Avenue and Legend Lane in Grand Forks.
  • Power outage, trees downed and 60-mph winds in Hillsboro, N.D., in Traill County.
  • Multiple trees, some of them 8 inches in diameter, downed in south Crookston.
  • Power outage and 2 inches of rain in Thief River Falls, with peak winds clocked at 58 mph at 9:35 p.m. at Thief River Falls Regional Airport.

Although flash flood warnings that were in effect late Monday have expired, flood warnings continue for the Snake River area of Marshall County in Minnesota, after 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in much of the county.

The Snake River above Warren, Minn., was at 68.2 feet at 5:45 a.m. today. Minor flood stage is 67 feet. The weather service forecasts the river should crest at about 68.2 feet by mid-morning and fall below flood stage this evening.

Meanwhile, the Snake River at Alvarado, Minn., is expected to rise to near 107.5 feet by Wednesday evening, about 1.5 feet above minor flood stage. Moderate flood stage is at 108 feet, the point that triggers overland sheet flooding of farmland, according to the weather service.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, kbonham@gfherald.com, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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