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Update: Tornado tears through downtown Billings


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BILLINGS — A tornado that ripped the roof off a sports arena in Billings, Sunday evening also tore apart a casino, bar and laundromat in the city's downtown area.

The tornado also picked up the roof from an auto glass shop, then dumped it into a nearby creek. Nothing but the walls of the shop could be seen standing.

The tornado struck Sunday at about 5 p.m. as a big storm system with golf ball-sized hail passed through the area, Trooper Toman Baukema of the Montana Highway Patrol said.

After running through downtown's Main Street, the twister moved toward the 10,000-seat Rimrock Auto A...

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