Severe storm damage reported in northeast Montana

Posted at 10:34 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 12:34:45-04

(Photos courtesy Taylor Ordahl at Brooks Photography)

Severe storms hammered northeastern Montana and portions of northwest North Dakota on Monday evening an early Tuesday.

A combination of high winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes moved from Saskatchewan across the Canadian border around 7 p.m. Monday. 

Based on Doppler radar returns, the National Weather Service office in Glasgow issued a Tornado Warning for Sheridan County, Montana as the storm approached Plentywood.

Resident reports through the National Weather Service and social media include extensive damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles. Planes were reported overturned at the Plentywood airport, and a radio tower was bent to the ground.

Sheridan Electric Cooperative reports widespread power outages continuing Tuesday morning, including in Plentywood, Outlook, and Raymond.  Broken poles and downed power lines are common.

The storm system continued on a path in Northwest North Dakota. CBS affiliates there report substantial damage occurred at the Prairie View RV Park near Watford City.

Preliminary reports said 28 people were treated at the McKenzie County Hospital and 6 were reported in critical condition.

Around 17 emergency service agencies responded helped in the effort. Widespread power outages are also reported in that area.

National Weather Service offices in Glasgow and in Bismarck, North Dakota have dispatched teams to assess the storms.  Initial reports should be issued later Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The same areas are once again under the threat of severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening. Damaging winds, very large hail and the possibility of tornadoes are all present with any developing storm.

Additional reporting by Ed McIntosh