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Severe thunderstorm warning in effect; NWS advises residents ‘seek shelter immediately’

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Wyoming, advising residents to seek shelter immediately. 

According to the NWS in Rapid City, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 14 miles northwest of Ridgeway to near Fort Reno Historical site, moving east at 40 mph. Wind gusts of 60 mph are possible with damage projected to roofs, siding and trees. 

The storms will be near Gillette Rawhide Mine, Eagle Butte Mine, Dry Fork Mine, Buckskin Mine, Weston, Lightning Flat, Rockypoint and the Northeast Wyoming Regional Airport. 

Other locations include New Haven, Caballo Mine, Belle Ayr Mine, Rozet, Oshoto, Cordero Rojo Mine, Wright, Reno Junction, Coal Creek Mine, Moorcroft, Hulette, Carlile, Devils Tower National Monument and Keyhole Reservoir, the NWS in Rapid City said. 

“For your protection, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Wind damage with these storms will occur before any rain or lightning,” the NWS in Rapid City says. “Do not wait for the sound of thunder before taking cover. Seek shelter immediately inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows.”

The warning will remain in effect until 6:15 p.m.