March 23, 2011

Giant Hail Pounds Homes & Dots Landscape

     Just after 5:00 p.m. my friend Fran phoned me to warn my husband Monte and I of a terrific pre-spring storm traveling east from Greensburg to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     I called my daughter, Sandy, who lives near us. She and the granddaughter were taking refuge in their basement. Outside was a pre-dusk cloudy-day darkness, nothing ominous.

     Suddenly it sounded like someone was shooting large shells from a machine gun. Monte and I went into the basement. The ratatat tat was deafening. I’ve never experienced anything like it. The rains fell heavily after the barrage of hail-hits ended.

     Monte acted quickly, locating several large pieces of hail and a yardstick. I quickly photographed the items. The hail was large and heavy.

Two inch hailstones fell in our yard, east of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     The storm spawned a tornado that damaged Hempfield High School, Zion Lutheran Church and numerous homes. Fortunately, Fran was safe, and when the storm hit our community, little damage was done—at least what we could discover in the bad weather. Our car windshield is cracked, and my daughter Sandy’s truck is dented. We consider ourselves lucky in light of the damage west of us, and the triple Mother Nature hit on Japan—earthquake and tsunami followed by a snowstorm.

     Tomorrow we will check to see if any damage was done to the house or garage. For now, we are enjoying the calm after the storm.

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  1. No damage to house here, but was scary stuff as it moved through. We can all be thankful that no one was injured, a miracle for sure. Will spend the day doing yard cleanup, but could have been so much worse. Not sure I’m ready for spring storms now!!!

    Comment by Fran — March 24, 2011 @ 8:50 am | Reply

    • Don’t think there was much damage in Laurel Mountain Borough. However, during a storm with sustained winds while we were returning home from Chicago, two trees were felled. One fell on a neighbor’s house and did some damage. Haven’t heard of anything like that in this storm. Carolyn

      Comment by carolyncholland — March 24, 2011 @ 10:12 am | Reply

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