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Baseball-Sized Hail, Tornadoes Hit Plains

21 May 2020, 9:13 pm

Supercell thunderstorms quickly flared up across the southwestern Plains states Thursday afternoon, growing tall and strong enough to produce very large hail and tornadoes.

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The largest hailstone reports came in from the north/northeast side of San Angelo, Texas where a four-inch-thick hailstone was reported! Hail of that diameter is equal to the width of a softball! These hailstones grew from strong updrafts within the thunderstorm. The updraft winds are the rising winds within a thunderstorm. Equally as dangerous are the downdraft winds of a thunderstorm, which will continue in spots overnight and into Friday morning.

Thunderstorms, some carrying large hail and strong winds, will continue to be most widespread across parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Wind gusts may reach up to 70 mph and hailstones may grow as large as hen egg-sized, which is about two inches in diameter.

On Thursday night and into early Friday morning (before dawn), the most concentrated thunderstorms are expected to be in south-central Kansas, northwest Oklahoma, and extreme north Texas. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect in these aforementioned areas until 6 a.m. Central Time Friday, as of this writing.

If you’re in the path of these storms, move your vehicles and/or valuable property to safety to avoid hail damage. Continue to stay with WeatherNation and our team coverage as we track these storms.

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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