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Severe Storms Target Dakotas

UPDATED 3 AM CDT, July 14, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A line of severe thunderstorms is racing across the Dakotas this morning, bringing damaging winds and hail to northern South Dakota and southern North Dakota.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect across northern South Dakota and southern North Dakota, including Jamestown, N.D., and Aberdeen, S.D., through 8 a.m. CDT.

The culprit for the quickly developing northern Plains storms is a cold front. Warm, humid air building south of the front that is stuck in the Dakotas is clashing with cooler, drier air streaming across the Canadian border to foster storm development.

The strongest storms are moving between Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 12 across the eastern Dakotas. The threats with these storms include large hail to the size of golf balls and gusty winds of 60 to 70 mph.

On Saturday, baseball size hail pummeled Watford City, N.D., with egg size stones slamming Sather Dam in North Dakota. In addition, 60 mph winds gusts blew through the towns of Reeder and Bottineau, N.D. Mobridge, S.D., recorded a 63 mph gust.

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