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Punishing Thunderstorms Strike High Plains, Rockies

UPDATED 11 PM MDT, August 3, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The first weekend in August got off to a rough start for residents across the northern and central High Plains. Even still, a few fresh thunderstorms carrying gusty winds and hail will remain a huge concern for parts of the Dakotas.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in place from southeastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota into northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota, including Rapid City, S.D., and Gillette, Wyo.

A potent upper-level low careening into warm and humid air in place across the Dakotas is fueling the two clusters of intense thunderstorms tonight. Though most have dropped below severe limits, a few could still pack gusty winds up to 60 mph and quarter size hail for the next several hours.

Places such as Gillette and Moorcroft, Wyo., and Rapid City, S.D., will all need to be on high alert for these powerful thunderstorms tonight.

So far this weekend, there have been a total of 58 severe weather reports from Colorado to Montana. Of those, there were 8 possible tornadoes, with 6 of those tearing across mostly rural areas in Colorado. Meanwhile, baseball size hail fell near Wellington, Colo., with hailstones greater than softball size hitting near Broadus, Mont. A pair of 65-mph wind gusts was clocked near Biddle, Mont., and Recluse, Wyo.

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