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Tree Crashes On Top of Helena House

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The downed tree cracked the sidewalk (Photo credit: Debbie Gibbons) The downed tree cracked the sidewalk (Photo credit: Debbie Gibbons)
The dollar amount of damage has not yet been determined. The dollar amount of damage has not yet been determined.
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High winds burst through the Helena Valley on the night of November 17 and early morning on November 18, 2015.

The strongest recorded wind gust during that time in Helena was 62 miles per hour.

The winds caused trees and signs to blow over and some people woke up to an unpleasant surprise, including Glenna McClure, who lives on Leslie Avenue.

Glenna was in her living room chair when she heard a noise at her back door.

She recalled, “Just walked out of the living room and heard. Actually I was coming back in and heard glass breaking.” 

Once the sun was up, McClure attempted to go outside and see where the tree fell: “Tried to open my living room door and couldn’t because the tree was in the way.”

She noted, “I was just hoping that no little critters would come down through the hole, that was my biggest concern at the time.”

McClure says that she is grateful that the wind did not bring any rain or snow.

The dollar amount of damage has not yet been determined.

During the wind storm, the strongest gust was recorded at a location in northern Toole County -- a 108 mile-per-hour gust.

Numerous other observation sites across the state recorded winds of 80+ mph.

Some peak gusts that were recorded: 

  • Big Sky, Madison County - 92 mph 
  • Deep Creek, Glacier County - 90 mph 
  • Denton, Fergus County - 87 mph
  • Inverness, Hill County - 86 mph
  • Winston, Broadwater County - 86 mph 
  • Cascade, Cascade County - 82 mph

The powerful winds also tipped several semis and large vehicles across the region; there were no reported serious injuries.


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