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Baseball-sized hail hits North Texas, damaging 20 000 structures and 25 000 cars


Quick-moving severe storms accompanied by baseball-sized hail left a trail of destruction across North Texas on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. 

In total, approximately 20 000 structures were damaged and 25 000 vehicles, making an estimated total insured loss up to $425 million.

“It sounded like God was throwing rocks at us,” one Coppel resident told CBS DFW.

“The sound is what got me,” another one said. “I’ve never heard the intensity of something pounding like that.”

So far, there have not been any reports of injuries, but the Carrollton Police Department confirmed a significant amount of property damage along Hebron Parkway and State Highway 121, in the western part of the city.

Just a few days ago, on Sunday, June 3, an American Airlines Airbus A319 with 130 passengers and 5 crew members en route to Phoenix from San Antonio made an emergency landing in El Paso due to severe damage to its nose and windshield caused by huge hailstones.

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are possible from the Front Range of the Northern/Central Rockies into the Central Plains and Mid Mississippi Valley the next couple of days.

Damaging winds and large hail will be common, especially this afternoon/evening for parts of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Featured image credit Mark Burnett via Storyful





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