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Severe weather batters central, eastern Montana


HELENA — Severe thunderstorms dumped up to 4 inches of rain and golf ball-sized hailstones across Montana, likely causing already swollen rivers to hit major flood stage in eastern and central parts of the state by the end of the week.

Meteorologists said Tuesday a number of funnel clouds were spotted near Billings from a storm system that moved in Monday night. The National Weather Service received several reports of tornadoes.

The tornado reports came nearly a year after a twister ripped off the roof of the city's sports arena and damaged businesses in northeastern Billings.


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