Severe Storms Damage KOTA Territory - KOTA Territory News

Severe Storms Damage KOTA Territory


Severe weather season is here. Saturday we saw supercell thunderstorms that brought destructive hail the size of tennis balls, damaging homes, property, and even killing livestock.

In the wake of Saturday's storms, some people in KOTA Territory are cleaning up.

For Pierrette and Bill Lyons who live by Bear Butte on Highway 79 near Sturgis, the day began nice, sunny, and mild but quickly went downhill.

Take a look at this video, Pierette captured on her cell phone.
"It was like bang! Bang! Bang! Then Bill said 'Pierette what are you doing?' I said 'It's not me!' Then we realized it was hailing really bad outside," says Lyons.
Hail the size of tennis balls pounded their home, breaking windows, their deck furniture, and even puncturing holes on the roof of their barn.

But it wasn't just Meade County that was hit.

Storms also hit Harding and Perkins Counties repeatedly through out the day.

According to the National Weather Service, hail nearly two inches in diameter killed lambs in the Ladner area.

In Harding County a storm spotter reported hail nearly three inches in diameter covering the ground like snow, breaking windows in homes and ripping shingles off the roofs.
And severe weather is still possible Sunday night, Monday, and for the next several days.

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