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Published May 14, 2013, 06:02 PM

Parts of Valley City without power for nearly two hours Tuesday

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The wind was so violent in Valley City, several power poles were knocked down. About 1500 people here in Valley City were without power for nearly two hours. Winds were so strong, this transformer was knocked completley to the ground.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The wind was so violent in Valley City, several power poles were knocked down.

About 1500 people here in Valley City were without power for nearly two hours. Winds were so strong, this transformer was knocked completley to the ground.

This transformer caused the most damage. It's a fairly old pole and couldn't withstand to force of the wind.

Stan Hansen- Valley City Public Works: "When it's finally starting to get summer type weather, you get nice warm day and we can always have a wind storm."

In all 4 power poles were knocked down. This one was at the golf course was hanging on by a thread. It forced the course to close the area. Crews will spend the entire work day repairing the damage.

Hansen: With the last couple of ice storms we've had we had we didn't lose that many poles in town.

Kathleen Mehus woke up to the 60 mile an hour winds pounding on the windows. She and her grandsons are shocked by what they found once the went outside.

Kathleen Mehus- Valley City Public Works: I didn't think it was going to be that bad.

The wind was so strong it picked up this trampoline and threw it about 25 feet into the trees.

Mehus: A lot of branches, they have a lot of lawn furniture out here and as you can see that's blown over and things off the tree house.

Although her grandsons won't have their favorite toy to bounce around on for a few days, Mehus is just happy the damage stayed outside.

Mehus: I'm just glad that it didn't do more damage or blow in windows or something, because with all of the tree branches it could have done that.

The storm pushed through the Fargo Moorhead area at about 7 this morning.

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