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Miles City hit hard with tennis ball-sized hail, strong winds

Miles City hit hard with tennis ball-sized hail, strong winds

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A severe thunderstorm hit Miles City Wednesday night with damaging hail and strong winds.

The thunderstorm passed through the Miles City area starting around 6 p.m., leaving behind damage from 2.5-inch diameter, or tennis ball-sized hail. Wind gusts northeast of Miles City reached speeds of about 66 to 75 miles per hour, according to Billings National Weather Service meteorologist Krista Carrothers.

Miles City weather

A severe thunderstorm that moved through Miles City Wednesday night brought tennis ball-sized hail that damaged windshields and power poles.

The storm left behind broken windshields, uprooted trees and broken power poles. Carrothers said that the thunderstorm was followed by a severe wind storm that moved quickly through the area. The Miles City area had the most severe weather Wednesday evening.

Areas to the west, including Billings, didn’t experience severe storms, while other areas saw pea-sized hail, Carrothers said. Both Miles City and the Billings area received less than an inch of rain.

Carrothers said that the storm system is moving north toward Glasgow, and that severe thunderstorm warnings and hazardous weather advisories for south-central and southeastern Montana were canceled as of 8:30 p.m.

Miles City weather

A severe thunderstorm that moved through Miles City Wednesday night uprooted trees, smashed windshields and damaged power poles.

NWS Billings issued a hazardous weather outlook earlier Wednesday, which put the greatest risk of severe storms "east of a line from Forsyth to Biddle."

A severe storm also hit Golden Valley County with tennis ball-sized hail Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Weather Service

Photos of Tuesday night hail posted by the National Weather Service in Billings. 

In the Billings area, Thursday and Friday will see sunny skies and warmer and drier weather. Thursday will see a high in the 70s, while Friday and Saturday could see a few afternoon showers. Friday’s high temperature will be in the high-60s, with Saturday’s high in the mid-50s.

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