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Black clouds hung over the Fargo-Moorhead area Monday evening, putting
residents on high alert for nearly two hours but sparing the area of
any major storm damage.

For most of the region, heavy lightning seemed to cause the most anxiety.

In Horace, N.D., reports of a tree engulfed in flames and a power line
sparking nearby came in shortly before 8:30 p.m. A police dispatcher
said the tree had been struck by lightning and that the caller thought
the power line may also have been hit.

The tree was about 30 feet from a house.

Within 15 minutes of the Horace call, a handful of Fargo apartment
buildings, businesses and hotels reported fire alarms going off.

In addition to the lightning, strong winds and a gushing of rain also blasted the Fargo area Monday night.

Nearly three-fourths of an inch of rain was reported at Hector
International Airport, according to Mark Ewens, a National Weather
Service meteorologist in Grand Forks, N.D.

Several streets in
Fargo and West Fargo sustained temporary flooding throughout the early
evening, but no major flooding was reported to the National Weather
Service, Ewens said.

It was a severe storm, but it wasnt extremely damaging, he said.

Winds gusts got as high as 45 mph  enough to knock over two campers in
the parking lot of the Wild Rice Bar in Horace, according to dispatch
reports. No one was inside.

Tornadoes also threatened the Fargo-Moorhead area in the early part of the evening but never materialized.

The radar indicated strong rotations, prompting the National Weather
Service to issue a tornado warning. Ewens said they received no reports
of actual touchdowns.

The storm system originated near Jamestown, N.D., and moved east.

No precipitation is in the forecast the next couple of days for Fargo,
but thunderstorms could return Thursday night, Ewens said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s today and will climb back into the 80s by the end of the week.