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11/23/04-Smith County

Severe Weather Lashes Cars, Homes With Large Hail

Parts of East Texas suffered damage from large hail with this morning's storms. Windshields were damaged, cars were dented, and insurance adjusters will be out surveying the aftermath.

Some of the largest hail fell from Interstate 20 and U.S. 69 in Lindale to the Red Springs community. It started with a few stones.

Then the storm let loose with wind, rain, and hail the size of quarters.

Drivers tried to protect what they could, though the fall leaves were being stripped from trees. The hail only got larger as the storm moved east.

Constable Charles Wilson watched the storm from inside his home.

"It sounded like hail hitting on the roof of the house, and it appeared hail was the size of half dollars and golf balls," he says.

Stones he collected were larger than a half dollar. Also, some of them were jagged and one could the rings formed with each trip the chunk of ice made up and down the storm.

"It sounded like something was falling on the house outside," he says.

His insurance adjuster will be busy at his home and the others along Highway 14 in Red Springs. As the ground is covered with leaves, his car and porch bear the mark from every hailstone.

"They have medium sized dents on all of the vehicles, on the awnings over the porches have dents on them," he says.

An hour and a half after the storm we still picked up large pieces in his yard.

"It covered the ground like snow on the ground because it was so solid."

Fortunately, his windows were intact, after a storm that didn't take long, but left it's mark. With the storms and rain, there were also many wrecks on East Texas roads. So far, we don't have any reports of serious injuries.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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