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Strong storm downs trees, leads to power outages in Helena

(HELENA) A strong storm that blew through Helena Saturday afternoon brought down a number of trees and knocked out power to some residents.

The storm brought powerful winds through the area, around 3:45 p.m.

The Helena Fire Department responded to more than a dozen calls for trees or large branches that had fallen into the road or near power lines. Battalion Chief Bob Harvey said they assisted the city streets department in clearing any traffic blockages, and that they set up safety barriers around any affected electrical lines.

Helena Downed Trees

Harvey said authorities also responded to a number of medical calls around the same time.

Northwestern Energy reported power outages affecting several hundred residents. According to the utility’s online outage map, confirmed outages were centered around the Interstate 15-U.S. Highway 12 interchange, and several others were reported several more in the downtown area, the north Helena Valley and the East Valley area.

Jonathon Ambarian

Jonathon Ambarian

Jonathon Ambarian grew up in Southern California, and graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula. He first came to Helena in 2013, to cover the Montana Legislature, and returned in 2016 as a reporter with the Montana Television Network. He's proud to bring viewers stories about the issues that affect them.
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