Doppler Radar firsts, with local 2015 thunderstorm

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) In KOTA Territory, we see plenty of severe storms. Last year, one storm was exceptionally strong, using multiple storm threats to create major damage.

On June 19, a storm started out in southeast Montana and as it moved to the southeast, it strengthened.

The storm produced hail up to six inches in diameter, denting cars, breaking windows and even coming through the roof.

The storm continued to move southeast where it produced a tornado.

"The rotation in the storm was exceptionally strong. It produced a debris signature that lofted the debris up at least 4,000 to 4,500 feet in the air," National Weather Service Rapid City Meteorologist Matthew Bunkers said.

After surveying damage, the tornado was rated an EF 2, with winds swirling up to 120 miles per hour.

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