HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana residents were cleaning up Monday after a series of thunderstorms brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles.
The National Weather Service reported the worst damage on Sunday in Shepherd, Worden and Huntley — north of Billings — where hail up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter fell, causing damage to homes, outbuildings, vehicles and windows.
A roof was torn off a house and a barn was destroyed in Worden, The Billings Gazette reports . In Ballantine, hail tore up siding on a house and knocked a tree over on another.
Sugar beet crops were sitting in water in Yellowstone County while leaves were torn from corn stalks near Ballantine, the Gazette reported.
Golf ball-sized hail fell Sunday in downtown Billings, breaking windows and damaging lightbulbs and neon lighting at the Babcock Theater.
Lightning is believed to have caused a fire in the attic of a Great Falls residence Sunday morning at a time the National Weather Service recorded 55 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within five minutes.
“It was a lot more lightning with this one than we normally see, especially with cloud-to-ground strikes,” said