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Lightning and Hail Leave Debris

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People are still cleaning up from Saturday night's storm.

From the West End to the Heights, people are saying they saw lightning hit trees, hail battering windows, and extreme flooding. They say it was like the scene from a movie.

"It was just extremely violent," said Rhett Hightower, a Billings resident. "There was lightning. Just looked like a huge electrical storm but with a bunch of hail and water."

"It was nothing like I've ever seen here," said Reed Koprek, a Billings resident. "The hail was just giant. It broke all the shutters. The whole front road was just completely flooded - the whole thing. It knocked down all kinds of wood it brought giant logs down the street."

The storms broke branches and scattered leaves all over the ground, including broken pieces of plastic. Some parking lots were still flooded in the morning. Signs were torn down and trees were uprooted by the winds. The storm left residents to clean up the debris.

"The last three, four hours we've just been shoveling mud and the mud was deep," Koprek said. "And we've just been wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow out into the street."

One couple waited on the street to get their car towed out of the mud.

"All the road signs came down and my wife was following another car and it just got stuck in the mud real easy and she couldn't get out," Hightower said.

The National Weather Service reported Billings got over an inch of rain in just 10 minutes of the storm. The damage was caused by the rain and 73 mph winds with a microburst.

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