Strong thunderstorm and hail predicted for tonight

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UPPER VALLEY – Fremont Emergency Management official Keith Richey is warning residents about a significant weather advisory for the Upper Valley. He also warned firefighters near the Twenty Mile Fire that the storm is headed their direction.

“At 4:20 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a cluster of strong thunderstorms near Atomic City or 26 miles northwest of Blackfoot moving northeast at 30 miles per hour,” he reported. “Half inch hail and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour will be possible with these storms.”

Richey reported the storm would impact the following communities: Terreton, Menan, Roberts, Lewisville, Mud Lake, Parker, Hamer, Atomic City, Egin, Taber, St Anthony, Southeast INL, Monteview, Plano, East Butte, Big Southern Butte, Sage Junction, Saint Anthony Sand Dunes and Kettle Butte.

“Individuals near the Twenty Mile Fire are in the path of this storm and should prepare for imminent dangerous weather conditions,” he said. “Fire crews working near the Twenty Mile Fire should prepare for strong, gusty and erratic thunderstorm outflow winds that will increase fire behavior.”

As more information is made available, the Standard Journal will update this story.