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Windstorm hits Havre, passes by other communities


Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Willy Potvin uses a chainsaw to clear chunks of a large tree branch that fell down in front of his Fourth Street home during a brief storm Wednesday in Havre. Potvin, a Havre native, said he has had to deal with multiple downed limbs over the last few years, including during the October 2017 snow storm.

A thunderstorm brought high winds to Havre Wednesday, downing trees and power and phone lines in the area, while seemingly missing neighboring communities.

Great Falls National Weather Service Meteorologist Cody Moldan said a thunderstorm originating on the Canadian side of the Sweetgrass area, moved east along the southern Alberta border until it reached the Liberty-Hill county line, when it crossed into the United States.

It was already a windy day, he said, with strong surface winds a couple thousand feet above the ground, which was churning down to the surface throughout the day, he...

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