Thunderstorms bring torrential rain and high winds to region

Thunderstorms bring torrential rain and high winds to region Click to Enlarge

UNDATED - A line of thunderstorms that drifted east across the region Monday night brought torrential rain, and high winds, prompting storm and flash flood warnings.

Just after 11:00 pm in Detroit Lakes the fire department was called to the scene of a tree limb that had fallen on a powerline and caught fire on the 1300 block of Lake Avenue. Utilities were also on the scene. Just after midnight, heavy flooding was reported in Detroit Lakes on Willow Avenue. Around 12:15 am, standing water was reported on Willow Street, just east of Cheryl Avenue.

The heavy rain caused street flooding throughout Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo as storm drains couldn't keep up with the run-off. There were reports of several vehicles that stalled out in the deep water.

Rainfall amounts varied. Detroit Lakes recorded 1.29 inches at Leighton Broadcasting studios. 2.14 inches was reported in the National Weather Service Automated gauge at Hector International Airport. Most of that fell in about an hour span between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Hallock, in northwest Minnesota reported 4 inches of rain that fell in a 90-minute span.

The wind gusted at 70 mph near Prairie Rose, just south of Fargo. A peak gust of 60 mph was recorded at Hector Airport. Winds were clocked at 63 mph in Barnesville and there were numerous reports of 60 mph winds in and around Grand Forks where trees and limbs came down.

The National Weather Service out of Grand Forks says isolated severe storms possible this afternoon across the area. Hail to 1.50 inch and winds to 60 mph the main threats.

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