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Afternoon storm causes damage in Gallatin Valley

Published On: Jun 29 2013 07:50:57 PM MDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2013 08:20:47 PM MDT
Gallatin Gateway Damage
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A storm that rolled through the Gallatin Valley Saturday  blew limbs off trees and damaged at least one Gallatin Gateway business.

The storm hit the Bozeman area between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.  First Alert Meteorologist Adam Painter actually tracked two storm cells, one north of Bozeman and one just south of town.

According to Adam Painter the same storm that produced a 51 mile an hour gust at the airport in Belgrade also hit Dillion an hour earlier with a 56 mile an hour gust.

The strong winds and rain created poor visibility on area roads.  NBC Montana reporter Katherine Mozzone told us she needed to pull off the road because of the storm. 

We also heard reports of down trees on several area roads.

The Antique Barn in Gallatin Gateway told us through Facebook that winds blew over out buildings, destroyed a windmill and flooded a back room.

About an hour after the storm hit Bozeman, Park County cautioned folks on their Facebook page to watch out for strong winds and possible flash flooding at the Pine Creek burn scar.

In an unrelated incident around 5:30 an alert went out in Butte-Silver Bow that a lightning strike had temporarily disrupted 9-1-1 service. According to the alert 9-1-1 is working but administrative lines were out and Century Link was working to fix the problem.