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Storms battered parts of North Dakota over the weekend and early this week.


Storms battered parts of North Dakota over the weekend and early this week.

High winds, large hail and heavy downpours caused damage to farms and crops across much of the state. Some areas received up to four inches of rain in one day. In Grand Forks County, a weekend thunderstorm spawned winds of up to 100 miles per hour near Larimore, downing more than 100 trees on one farm.

Griggs and Ransom counties both suffered crop damage from hail. Officials reported roof damage in Griggs County and the destruction of five farming structures.

High winds damaged farm outbuildings in Barnes and Hettinger counties as well. A possible tornado touched down in Kidder County over the weekend, knocking trees onto roofs and destroying one hangar at a private airport in Steele.

Berthold city officials reported minor residential flooding after heavy rain fell in western North Dakota’s Ward County.

Excessive rainfall in Bottineau and Benson counties forced some cities to pump out floodwater into nearby lakes to lessen the pressure on drainage and wastewater systems. One injury was reported in Benson County due to falling trees.

Strong thunderstorms continued to hit the state Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting flood warnings for many rivers across the state including the Red River, the James River, and the Missouri River.

Other storm-affected counties include McLean, Mountrail and Ramsey.

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