The Latest: Family rides out storm under pickup truck
PLENTYWOOD, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a strong storm in northeastern Montana (all times local):
A northeastern Montana family took shelter under a pickup truck in their shop while a severe windstorm destroyed their nearby trailer house.
Sheridan County Sheriff Heidi Williamson says Chase Anderson his wife and their two children were in the shop Monday evening when the wind started shaking the building.
Williamson says they stayed under the pickup until the storm passed and walked out to find a bare spot where their trailer house used to be. The shop also was damaged.
Anderson declined an interview Tuesday afternoon, saying he was busy cleaning up.
Williamson says the National Weather Service estimated wind speeds were up to 127 mph (204 kph) on the eastern side of Plentywood.
She says a microburst at the airport destroyed at least nine small airplanes and bent over the radio tower.
A National Weather Service team was visiting northeastern Montana Tuesday to assess the damage after back-to-back thunderstorms uprooted trees, downed power lines, damaged buildings and flipped small airplanes at the airport in Plentywood.
Sheridan County officials say three transmission lines were damaged by Monday’s storms and power remained out Tuesday in Plentywood and Outlook as temperatures were forecast to reach into the high 90s or low 100s (36 to 39 degrees Celsius).
The sheriff’s office says the Civic Center in Plentywood had power and air conditioning.
Photographer Taylor Ordahl photographed damage at the airport and around town and said she saw ping pong ball sized hail.
Officials say no injuries have been reported.
The forecast calls for more severe weather Tuesday, with large hail and damaging winds.