High winds, hail, even tornadoes possible

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Severe weather is making its way across northcentral Montana.



a close up of text on a white background: A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m.


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A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for central and eastern Montana, from Great Falls east to the North Dakota border, until 9 p.m., the National Weather Service in Great Falls said



a boat on a lake next to a body of water: Boaters cruise Missouri River at Broadwater Bay in Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2020.


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Boaters cruise Missouri River at Broadwater Bay in Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2020.

Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out, said Jason Anglin, a Weather Service meteorologist.

Widespread hail up to apple size is possible along with winds up to 80 mph.

As of 1:50 p.m., strong thunderstorms were being reported including one that produced quarter- to golf ball-sized hail in Bozeman.

Thunderstorm warnings were issued for White Sulphur Springs, Fort Benton, Big Sandy, Loma, Havre and Rocky Boy.

Storms can develop at any time during the watch, Anglin said.

Karl Puckett covers the city of Great Falls and Cascade County for the Tribune. He can be reached at kpuckett@greatfallstribune.com or 406-750-5383, or on Twitter at @GFTrib_KPuckett. 

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