PLENTYWOOD, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana family took shelter under a pickup truck in their shop while strong winds accompanying a severe thunderstorm destroyed their nearby trailer house, according to Sheridan County Heidi Williamson.

Chase Anderson, his wife and their two children were in their shop in Plentywood on Monday evening when the wind started shaking the building.

They stayed under the pickup until the storm passed and walked out to find a bare spot where their trailer house used to be. The shop also was damaged, but no injuries were reported in back-to-back storms that hit Monday evening.

The National Weather Service estimated wind speeds were up to 127 mph on the eastern side of town.

A microburst with wind speeds up to 118 mph destroyed at least nine small airplanes, most of their hangars and bent over the radio tower at the airport.

The storm also uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged other buildings around town before moving into North Dakota.

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