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Forum staff reports, Published May 03 2012

Wind gust of 74 mph reported in Wahpeton overnight

WAHPETON, N.D. – Strong winds downed some tree branches and limbs here overnight, a Richland County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said.

The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 74 mph at about 12:10 a.m. at the Wahpeton Airport.

Thirty minutes later, wind speeds reached 50 mph in Fergus Falls, Minn., about 25 miles to the east, the weather service reported.

The Wahpeton Airport recorded 0.56 inch of rain. Five-hundredths of an inch fell at Fargo’s Hector International Airport, while a weather service observer in Moorhead reported a 24-hour total of 0.09 inch as of 7 a.m. today.

The weather service also received reports of 0.52 inch in Cayuga and 0.34 inch in Pelican Rapids, Minn.