Here's What Wind-Driven Hail Did in Montana

Chris Dolce
Published: August 13, 2019
A before-and-after view of the house battered by wind-driven hail in Ballantine, Montana.

A Montana home suffered extensive damage on Sunday evening when severe thunderstorm winds pummeled its exterior with large hail.

You can see the destructive power of the wind-driven hail in this before-and-after comparison of the home located about 20 miles northeast of Billings in the small town of Ballantine. Wind gusts to 60 mph and golfball-size hail were reported in the area Sunday about 7:30 p.m. MDT, according to National Weather Service storm reports.

A combination of straight-line winds from thunderstorms and large hail can cause extensive damage to siding, roofs and windows. This particular home's most obvious damage is to its siding, but you can also see tarps on the roof which indicate it was also battered.

Hail and strong winds caused damage in several other Montana locations over the weekend.

Windows were broken at the historic Babcock Theater in downtown Billings on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. Hailstones larger than golf balls damaged cars there.

On Saturday, strong winds sent five sailboats crashing into rocks on Flathead Lake near Polson Bay, including two that were banked and flipped over into trees. Six people and a dog had to be rescued, the AP said.

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