August 6, 2018 | Severe Hail Storm in Denver, Colorado and Grand Island Nebraska
On 8/6 in the late evening hours, severe hail storms took place over Denver, CO and Grand Island, NE causing widespread damage from 1.6″ and 1.38″ hailstones, respectively. This damage contributed to widespread property in both areas, including damage to roof coverings and vehicles.
The Denver County, CO area was struck by ping pong ball sized hail that later progressed to golf ball sized hail at 8:25 PM MDT. The National Weather Service had issued no warnings for severe weather conditions. The storms produced 60 mile per hour winds which drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area.
The Hall County, NE area was struck by golf ball sized hail at 7:59 PM CST. The NWS in Hastings NE had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northeastern Buffalo County and Hall County, NE. These storms also produced 60 mile per hour winds which drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area. More warnings were issued at 8:46 PM for Clay, Addams, Hamilton, and Merrick counties.
Hail storms are common in both Denver, CO and Grand Island, NE, where on a typical year there may be 13 days of hail and 7 days of hail, respectively.
Nationwide, hail insurance claims total $1 billion of damage to property and crops each year. Typically, 1″ hail or larger causes damage to roof coverings and exterior surfaces, but depending on the material and existing condition, smaller hail can also produce damage. Hail is often part of other severe weather damage, including tornadoes, thunderstorms or lightning strikes.
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