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Published August 03 2012

Storms bring wind, rain to Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO – Severe weather skirted around here late Friday night, but heavy gusts up to 80 mph and rainfall as much as half an inch was reported in surrounding communities, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said.

Cass County remained “fairly dry,” Jeff Makowski said, only receiving an early report of two one-hundredths of an inch of rain in Fargo. Moorhead received just under a tenth of an inch.

The storms caused a delay at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., pushing back the performances of Steve Martin and Toby Keith late into the night.

According to early reports, Fergus Falls received the most significant rainfall in the area, with just over half an inch. Sixty-one mph gusts were also reported there.

According to the weather service, 1¼ inch sized hail were reported in Gardner, N.D., about 20 miles north of Fargo.

Downed trees were reported in Pelican Rapids, Minn., Makowski said, and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office reported power outages throughout the county.

Trees were also reported downed in Mentor and Barnesville, Minn.

Wind speeds in Abercrombie, N.D., just north of Wahpeton, were estimated at 70 to 80 mph.

No serious damage or injuries had been reported in Becker, Cass, Otter Tail, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, Richland or Wilkin counties as of late Friday evening.