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Published July 22, 2013, 05:46 PM

Heavy winds and rain tear through region overnight

A few cities in our region got some heavy rain and even hail overnight Sunday. A trained weather spotter recorded hail measuring 1.7 inches in diameter about 8 miles north of Lakota just after 10 Sunday night. Hail that same size was also recorded about 10 miles north of Hatton and 11 miles west of Buxton.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

A few cities in our region got some heavy rain and even hail overnight Sunday. A trained weather spotter recorded hail measuring 1.7 inches in diameter about 8 miles north of Lakota just after 10 Sunday night. Hail that same size was also recorded about 10 miles north of Hatton and 11 miles west of Buxton.

According to the Natioanal Weather Service the highest rainfall totals were in Walsh County and at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Several other areas received about a half inch and more, according to unofficial reports. At 11 pm rainfall totaled 1.8 inches about 7 miles southwest of Adams and wind damage was reported near Larimore.

In Grand Forks people saw a lot of lighting and more than an inch of rain from the storm and in places like south of Hatton people saw hail and a much stronger winds. Sunday evening farm owners Sidney and Julie Strelow just got to bed when they heard a large boom during the storm. They ran outside to find the damage to their barn and shed. There were 25 sheep in that barn at the time.

The adjacent buildings on the property received no damage, though the shed close to the house was destroyed. The Strelows are guessing the storm must have produced a sort of microburst of wind capable of causing that kind of damage.

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