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Hail wreaks havoc on region

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A severe summer storm raged its way through Eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle Tuesday evening.

Around 4:15 p.m., a large thunderstorm hit the Torrington area  with reports of golf ball size hail, and strong winds and rain. Many residents in Torrington have tree damage and broken windows. Many trees were hit so hard, that the roads appear green below them from all the damage.

As the storm moved east, it stayed north of Morrill, Mitchell, and Scottsbluff. The storm intensified and began producing softball sized hail north of Bayard. From there, the storm continued through Morrill County.

In the eastern part of the state, authorities say at least a dozen people have been injured by hail that pounded Blair and other cities as wave after wave of powerful thunderstorms moved through the eastern side of Nebraska.
 
Blair police say nine of those hurt were in a vehicle at a store parking lot when one of the storms hit on Tuesday. The nine were taken to Memorial Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
 
Hail up to the size of baseballs smashed hundreds of windows on vehicles, homes and businesses throughout the city, and street flooding was reported.
 
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Blair Municipal Airport recorded nearly 3.5 inches of rain from the storms.
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