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Many left without power after northwest Montana storms

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Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 24, 2020

The storms in northwest Montana once again did some power damage, though not quite as extensive as a few weeks back.

Lincoln Electric Cooperative in Eureka tells MTN News that about 1,500 members are without power after severe thunderstorms hit the region earlier Wednesday.

"We have a significant number of trees on our power lines causing outages. All our LEC crews plus three tree-clearing contract crews are working to assess and repair the damages. We will do our best to get power back on tonight for as many members as possible; however, with the level of damage, some members may be out of power through the night. We'll provide updates when possible," Lincoln Electric Co-op wrote on Facebook.

Along with its post, Lincoln Electric added a photo of a downed tree on a powerline. They added that outage areas included Star Meadows, Martin Camp, Stryker Area, Trego, Fortine, Deep Creek, Grave Creek, Glen Lake, Sinclair Creek, Indian Creek, Mill Springs and Burma.

Crews have been sent from Eureka all the way to the Whitefish area.

Multiple residents in northwest Montana reported hail the size of quarters hitting the area earlier Wednesday. Mission Valley Power is also reporting that 120 customers are currently without power.