March 3, 2019 | Severe Hail Storm in Irwinville and Macon, Georgia
On 3/3/2019 during the afternoon hours, a severe hail storm took place over Irwinville and Macon, GA causing widespread damage from 1.75″ and 2.00″ hailstones, respectively. This damage contributed to property losses county-wide, including damage to roof coverings and vehicles.
Irwinville, part of Irwin County, GA, was struck by golf ball sized hail at approximately 3:04 PM CST. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with winds that could produce a tornado. The storms produced high winds which drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area.
Macon, part of Bibb County, GA, was struck by hen egg sized hail at approximately 2:30 PM CST. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning, which was later upgraded to a dangerous tornado spotting. The storms produced 60 mile per hour winds which drove the hail and debris to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area.
Hail storms are uncommon in Irwinville, GA and common in Macon, GA, where on a typical year there may be 2 days of hail and 4 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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