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Tornados reported near Kindred, Tower City; wind topples semis near Reynolds

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Storm clouds appear over Valley City, N.D. Friday afternoon, June 8. Amanda Dockter / Special to The Forum3 / 3

FARGO – It was breezy in Fargo on Friday, June 8, but nearby communities saw weather so severe it took down power lines and tipped over semis.

Wind speeds up to 70 mph were recorded near Reynolds, N.D., about 5 p.m., said meteorologist Nick Carletta with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

That’s where two semis were blown onto their sides while traveling on Interstate 29. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported moderate damage to both trucks with empty trailers during heavy rain and westerly winds.

The severe weather brought some tornadic activity to Tower City, N.D., where a spotter reported a tornado touching down at 4:05 p.m., Carletta said. Damage in that area is unknown.

That same storm passed through Cass County where a caller told the weather service that a tornado touched down near Kindred, N.D., about 5:20 p.m.

A separate, short-lived storm system not associated with a supercell, or clouds that typically spawn tornadoes, hit Nelson County shortly after 4 p.m.

In Thompson, N.D., there were reports of wall clouds, which sometimes form tornadoes. There were also funnel reports near Turtle River State Park that led to tornado warnings being issued in Grand Forks County. A tornado warning was issued until 5:45 p.m. in southwest Cass and east-central Barnes counties.

By 7 p.m., most of the storm activity had moved into northern Minnesota, Carletta said, with hail and wind warnings in effect for the cities of Crookston, Thief River Falls and Hallock.

Weather this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead should remain fairly quiet, Carletta said. Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, with highs near 85 degrees.  

Come Sunday, severe weather is expected to threaten North Dakota cities to the west, including Jamestown, Valley City and Devils Lake. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Fargo late that evening.

30 p.m. Friday, June 8. Amanda Dockter / Facebook

Storm clouds on I-94 near Casselton, N.D. Friday, June 8. Heather Brakke / Facebook

Ominous looking cloud over Valley City, N.D. Friday afternoon, June 8. Joanne Bear / Facebook