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Gustnado touches down near Moore

Posted at 9:00 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:01:49-04

A gustnado touched down near Moore around 5:35 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, a gustnado is a small whirlwind, which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows.

The NWS states that gustnadoes do not connect with any cloud-base rotation and are not tornadoes.

Since their origin is associated with cumuliform clouds, gustnadoes will be classified as Thunderstorm Wind events.

Like dust devils, some stronger gustnadoes can cause damage.

As of right now, there are no reports of injury or damage from the gustnado near Moore.

The STORMTracker Weather Team is tracking storms throughout Central Montana on Wednesday afternoon, which are expected to continue through Friday.

The storms will be capable of producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and small hail.


In 2016, an EF-3 tornado hit the town of Baker in southeast Montana; click here to read more.

In 2015, a small tornado hit near Sidney in Richland County in eastern Montana, injuring one person and causing damage; click here for details.

In June 2010, a tornado hit Billings, causing significant damage to the MetraPark facility; click here to see video.

Just several weeks later, two people were killed when a tornado struck a family ranch near Reserve in northeastern Montana.

Click here for a list of Montana tornadoes recorded between 1950 and 2012.