April 5, 2017 Hail Storm
On April 5th, 2017, treacherous storms hit Alabama. Hail up to teacup size (3″ in diameter) was reported along with winds reaching 70 mph. Homes and vehicles were destroyed along with power lines and trees. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency and deployed the national guard. No deaths or major injuries have been reported.
Alabama ranked 30th for major hail events in 2016, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 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 tornados, thunderstorms or lightning strikes.
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