The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh, wait - that’s just hail.
These hard, frozen nuggets are formed when raindrops pass through a belt of cold air on their way to earth. The cold air causes the raindrops to freeze into small blocks of ice. Hail most commonly causes damage to property, vehicles (remember all of those “Hail Sales” at your local dealership?) and crops; more than $1 billion in damage each year. In fact, the costliest thunderstorm event in U.S. History struck San Antonio in April 2016. But considering the fact that large stones can fall at speeds faster than 100 miles per hour, it’s important that you cover your head and learn what to do when hailstorm conditions are present.
HAILSTORM SAFETY TIPS
If weather conditions are prime for a storm, move cars, boats, RVs, and lawn and patio furniture into a covered area.
During a storm, seek shelter. Hail of any size can be dangerous when pelted in high winds.
Surfaces may become slick, so use caution if you’re outside.
When driving into a hailstorm, find a safe place to pull over and turn your car so the hail is hitting the windshield. The safety glass will protect you. The hail could break the glass in other windows.
Nature’s Most Violent Storms, A Preparedness Guide, USDC, NOAA, NWS