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High winds wreak havoc across Montana

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Billings

According to the National Weather Service in Billings, expect dangerous crosswinds along I-90 from Livingston to Springdale and local roads near Nye, as well as possible damage to trees and power lines. Wind gusts of 75 to 80 mph have already been reported at Livingston and Nye Wednesday morning. The strongest winds are expected to occur during the morning. Winds will decrease in the afternoon. South of Livingston in the Paradise Valley, expect winds of 55 to 65 mph through the day.

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Closer to Billings, very strong winds will develop before sunrise and continue through the day and will decrease late in the day. Wind gusts are expected to be 55 to 65 mph.

Winds of these magnitudes can cause property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside.

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Great Falls

Power outages have been reported in Cascade, Vaughn and Choteau counties. About 1,500 customers are without power in Great Falls. About 1,200 people are without power in Conrad. In Helena, two power lines have been reported down, leaving a couple hundred people without power this morning.

Wake Up Montana's Tim Pham posted this video of a satellite at our Great Falls station  that was knocked over by the wind. 

According to the National Weather Service in Great Falls, snow and blowing snow will impact elevations above 5000 feet. Visibility through Rogers and Macdonald passes could be reduced to white out conditions at times Wednesday morning. Power outages have been reported in Cascade, Vaughn and Choteau counties.

Missoula

We've received multiple reports of trees down in Missoula this morning. Twelve power lines are down in the Flathead area. The Town of Superior is without power. Seeley Lake reportedly has several power lines down as well. Kila School, West Glacier School and Smith Valley School will be closed today due to a power outage caused by the windstorm.

According to the National Weather Service in Missoula, snow and blowing snow in the terrain above 5500 feet will be added dangers for those traveling over area passes or in the backcountry, and in these higher elevations, wind gusts to 70+ mph are likely.

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The high winds turned deadly Tuesday when they roared through the Pacific Northwest. A woman was killed in Spokane after a tree fell on her Tuesday afternoon during a violent windstorm.

Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says attempts to revive the woman were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Do you have any photos or video of the wind and/or damage? Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below! 

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