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‘Mothership’ storm cell captured over North Dakota as state hit by ‘golf ball sized’ hail

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A massive storm cell filmed over the US Midwest over the weekend saw citizens pelted with howling winds and golf ball-sized hail – as residents brace for more adverse weather.

The footage, captured near Lansford, North Dakota, shortly before 9 p.m. local time, was recorded shortly after authorities issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area – warning of potential tornadoes and of a heavy hail.

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The advisory sent residents into a frenzy and spurred closures across the state – but didn’t deter storm chaser Shelly Heinrichs, who is based in neighboring Manitoba, Canada, from trying to hang a spike to the breathtaking mass.

The resulting video shows the storm cell in all its jaw-dropping glory, taking up nearly the entire frame of the clip, which has been viewed nearly 200,000 times.

The Weather Channel compared the jaw-dropping group of clouds to “a UFO about to land on Earth” – with thousands of others pointing out the otherworldly mass’ resemblance to a spatialship.

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The footage, captured near Lansford, North Dakota, shortly before 9 p.m. local time on Friday, was recorded shortly after authorities issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area – warning of potential tornadoes and heavy hail.

The video shows the storm cell - a line of storms moving east - in all its jaw-dropping glory on Friday, taking up nearly the entire frame of the clip, which has been viewed 200,000 times

The video shows the storm cell – a line of storms moving east – in all its jaw-dropping glory on Friday, taking up nearly the entire frame of the clip, which has been viewed 200,000 times

As the footage spread online, meteorologists warned of the dangers of these supercells - a term for an unusually large storm system - saying they can produce high winds, massive hail and even tornadoes .

As the footage spread online, meteorologists warned of the dangers of these supercells – a term for an unusually large storm system – saying they can produce high winds, massive hail and even tornadoes .

As the images streamed online, meteorologists warned of the dangers of these supercells – a term for an unusually large storm system – saying they can produce high winds, massive hail and even tornadoes .

The National Weather Service later issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area – warning citizens that the storm was a cyclone – along with wind gusts up to 70 mph and “stone-sized hail.” golf ball”.

Despite these warnings, the storm ultimately did not produce a tornado – but did see several communities hit by heavy hail and high-velocity winds, damaging homes and downing trees as the system moved eastward through across the state.

Stormchaser Shelly Heinrichs - pictured here with her partner Dan in this undated image - captured the impressive event, which brought several storms to the state and saw tornado sirens broadcast as residents braced for inclement weather

Stormchaser Shelly Heinrichs – pictured here with her partner Dan in this undated image – captured the impressive event, which brought several storms to the state and saw tornado sirens broadcast as residents braced for inclement weather

The communities most at risk were communities in the northeastern and central regions of the state, such as Grand Forks, Bismarck and Beijing, where homes were pelted with fist-sized hailstones, damaging buildings. vehicles and structures almost indiscriminately.

Area insurance adjusters told NBC and local Fox affiliate KFYR-TV they had received “numerous” calls, mostly from the north and east side of Bismarck, reporting damage, after the dissipation of the storm system Saturday morning.

Owner Alex Weigel, who lives in northern Bismarck, said his home was one of many damaged and said he planned to file a claim.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area - warning citizens that the storm is a cyclone - along with wind gusts up to 70 mph and a

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area – warning citizens the storm is a cyclone – along with wind gusts up to 70 mph and “golf ball sized hail “

“On the north side of our house, we have damage to siding and fascia, gutters, downspouts, stuff like that,” Weigel said, adding that he has a claim for his two house and van, which was also damaged.

About 200 miles east of Grand Forks, where the storm hit hard overnight, residents saw the same thing conditions, with a overnight rainfall was 1.13 inches and winds reached 70 mph, downing several trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service has yet to report any damaged structures in the area, where citizens awoke to tornado sirens around 1 a.m. warning of approaching storms.

Trees, however, had fallen in the area and in other towns to the south and west such as Crookston, Pekin, Webster and Edmore, according to the National Weather Service.

The communities most at risk from the storms were communities in the northeast and central regions of the state, such as Grand Forks, Bismarck and Beijing, where homes were pelted with fist-sized hail, damaging vehicles and structures almost indiscriminately.

The communities most at risk from the storms were communities in the northeast and central regions of the state, such as Grand Forks, Bismarck and Beijing, where homes were pelted with fist-sized hail, damaging vehicles and structures almost indiscriminately.

About 100 miles to the north, part of neighboring Cavalier County – just south of the Canada-US border – experienced power outages that affected hundreds of residents overnight.

Jill Nelson of the Grand Forks Park District said no serious damage occurred in public places and that it was a “quick pick up light debris” day.

The storm line would eventually dissipate – with less severe storms plaguing much of the state for the remainder of the weekend through Monday.

Brad Hopkins, an NWS meteorologist, explained that the phenomenon had been ‘essentially a line of thunderstorms – a fast moving line that developed west and crossed the state. Strong upper winds were pushing it forward.

Storms will continue to move through central parts of the state on Tuesday evening, with winds at 40 mph and small hail possible with the strongest storms, which are expected to hit the towns of Bottineau, Rugby, Garrison and Bismarck until at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Storms will continue to move through central parts of the state on Tuesday evening, with winds at 40 mph and small hail possible with the strongest storms, which are expected to hit the towns of Bottineau, Rugby, Garrison and Bismarck until at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The area then saw more severe weather on Monday, with 60 mph winds and slightly smaller penny-sized hail in central communities across the state, such as Beulah, Hazen and New Salem.

Broken-line storms will continue to move through central parts of the state Tuesday evening, with 40 mph winds and small hail possible with the strongest storms, which are expected to hit the towns of Bottineau, Rugby, Garrison and Bismarck until 1am.

Although overall extreme weather conditions are not expected, officials have warned that wind gusts could reach 55 mph.

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