July 22, 2018 | Severe Hail Storm in Gantt, Alabama
On 7/22/2018 at approximately 1:20 PM, a severe hail storm took place over Covington County, Alabama causing widespread damage from hailstones reaching up to 4.0″ . This damage contributed to substantial property losses, including severe damage to roof coverings and vehicles.
The Covington County area was struck with numerous golf ball to grapefruit sized hail in the afternoon hours. The hail was so numerous that it covered the ground resulting in what is called “hail fog”. The hail fog was accompanied by severe weather from thunderstorms. The storms produced winds up to 60 mile per hour, upgrading later in the day to 70 miles per hour. These extreme winds drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings, commercial buildings, and vehicles in the area.
Hail storms are uncommon in Gantt, Alabama, where on a typical year there may be only 2 days of hail.
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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