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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for region

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for region
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

Almost all of eastern Montana and western North Dakota and South Dakota are under a severe thunderstorm watch, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

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Meteorologists issued the watch at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday for the area. The watch stretches from Bozeman, Mont., to the Stark County border in North Dakota. The watch also reaches from the Nebraska-South Dakota border into Burke County. Divide County in North Dakota and Sheridan and Daniels counties in Montana were not in the watch.

Thurderstorms are expected to enter the region during the afternoon and overnight hours, according to NWS. Scattered thunderstorms are possible during the late afternoon and will become widespread later in the evening.

The area could see wind gusts up to 70 mph with golf ball-sized hail, according to NWS. An isolated tornado is not out of the question from Dickinson to Watford City, with the main period of concern from 7-9 p.m.

The watch expires at 10 p.m. for Montana and midnight for North Dakota and South Dakota.

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April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.   
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