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Thunderstorm brings large hail to southeastern Montana

June 27, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thunderstorms that moved through southeastern Montana dropped baseball-sized hail in western Powder River County and golf ball-sized hail as the storm moved to the east.

The National Weather Service reports Wednesday night’s storm left behind broken windows and damaged crops.

Baseball-sized hail fell near Moorhead, a community about 35 miles southwest of Broadus, while Broadus recorded a 70 mph (113 kph) wind gust. Communities just north of Moorhead reported golf ball-sized hail. The weather service said no tornadoes were spotted.

Heavy rain also fell across eastern Montana, with 2 inches (5 centimeters) reported in Frazer on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana.

The weather service was forecasting fewer storms on Thursday, but said thunderstorms with the potential of very large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain were possible.

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This story has been corrected to show the storms moved through southeastern Montana.

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