December 1, 2018 | Severe Hail Storm in Cincinnati, Ohio and Litchfield, Illinois
On 12/1/2018 during the evening hours, a severe hail storm took place over Cincinnati, OH and Litchfield, IL causing widespread damage from 1.25″ and 1.75″ hailstones, respectively. This damage contributed to property losses county-wide, including damage to roof coverings and vehicles.
Cincinnati, part of Hamilton County, OH, was struck by half dollar sized hail at approximately 6:25 PM CST. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning. The storms produced strong winds which drove the storm to move northeast at 55 miles per hour and drove hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area.
Litchfield, part of Montgomery County, IL, was struck by golf ball sized hail at approximately 4:11 PM CST. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning. The storm was strong enough that the NWS warned it was capable of producing a tornado. The tornadic storm’s winds drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area.
Hail storms are common in Cincinnati, OH and uncommon in Litchfield, IL, where on a typical year there may be 5 days of hail and 3 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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