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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Grand Forks region, flash flood warning until 2 am

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Most of Grand Forks County and parts of Polk County remain under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:45 p.m. , according to the National Weather Service. 

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The warnings includes the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Portions of Grand Forks, Polk, Eddy, Griggs, Nelson and Steele counties were under a tornado warning for a short time earlier in the night. A funnel cloud was spotted seven miles west of Crookston, according preliminary reports from the weather service.  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 11 p.m. for the remaining areas of Grand Forks and Polk counties and other areas in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. A flash flood warning also has been issued for Grand Forks County and northwest Polk County until 2 a.m.  The weather service has received reports of wind damage to trees in Grand Forks. The state Department of Transportation recorded a wind peak of 61 mph hour at about 8 p.m. along I-29 near Grand Forks while the Grand Forks Airport recorded a peak of 66 mph.

Grand Forks police advise residents to only drive if necessary and to be wary of debrisand water that may be on city streets. Down trees have been reported throughout the city along with water pooling on streets, according to the weather service. 

Washington Street and streets east of it have been identified as areas with water flowing over roadways.  Golf ball-sized hail has already been reported four miles east of Larimore, N.D., according to the weather service. Winds at 60 mph have also been reported.

Possible threats to the region include winds stronger than 75 mph, large hail, and rainfall.

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