Stormy Situation Tuesday Evening Across the Region

Stormy Situation Tuesday Evening Across the Region Click to Enlarge

(Grand Forks, ND) -- Tornadoes, funnel cloud sightings and torrential rain was the Tuesday weather mix in Minnesota and North Dakota. Some of the cities that were put under tornado warnings Tuesday evening included Hawley, Lake Park, Hitterdahl, Sabin, Glyndon and Breckenridge in Minnesota and Kindred, Wahpeton, and Oxbow in North Dakota. The warnings were first issued around 5:15 in the afternoon and they continued for 90 minutes.

There were brief touchdowns near Richland, Wilkin, and Clay Counties late yesterday afternoon and early evening. According to Richland County authorities, there were seven funnel cloud sightings. A tornado touched down seven miles west of Wahpeton. A tornado was spotted three miles north of Breckenridge. Another touched down two miles south of Rustad, which is about 10 miles south of Moorhead. So far, there have been no reports of any damage as the touchdowns occurred in open country.

Detroit Lakes was also under a tornado warning at one point Tuesday night do to the sighting of cloud rotation on weather radar screens. Rain recorded in Detroit Lakes over a 24-hour period (6:00 am Tuesday-6:00 am Wednesday) was 1.75 inches. Torrential rain caused some local flooding on city Streets in Detroit Lakes Tuesday evening.

Flooding in Detroit Lakes on Grant St. and Roosevelt Ave.


Flooded street near Washington Ballpark in Detroit Lakes Tuesday night.


The rain total report from Fargo Moorhead following yesterday's storms was over four inches (4.24"). There was significant street flooding in the Fargo Moorhead metro from the second round of heavy rain since Monday night. So much rain has caused the Red River to rise once again and that has prompted the closure of North Elm Street between 14th and 15th Avenues. It's a low spot and is prone to flooding from the nearby river.

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