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Severe storm risk warning issued for area through this evening


Last updated 7/7/2020 at 12:19pm

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National Weather Service issued the following warning for an enhanced risk of severe weather from late this morning through early evening today:

"A strong upper level disturbance and surface cold front will cross the Northern Rockies and High Plains from late Tuesday morning through Tuesday night.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of these eastward advancing features, with scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms being possible over portions of Southwest through North Central Montana, generally north of the I-90 and east of the I-15 corridors.

Eastern portions of Central and North Central Montana will have the highest risk of seeing severe thunderstorms, which includes portions of Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Chouteau, Judith Basin, and Fergus counties.

Damaging winds to 80 mph, very large hail to tennis ball size, and isolated tornadoes are possible with any storm that becomes severe.

Have a plan and shelter should storms approach, especially if outdoors!"

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some tips in case a tornado does hit, which includes being prepared and knowing what to watch for as tornado signs. If a tornado hits, the CDC webpage says, one tip is

“Know where to shelter.

Falling and flying debris cause most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

• Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).

• Avoid windows.

• For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.

• Do not stay in a mobile home.”

For updates visit the Great Falls National Weather Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSGreatFalls and its website at https://www.weather.gov/tfx .

CDC’s tornado safety page can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/tornadosafety/index.html .


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