Severe Storms Dump Damaging Hail In Metro East

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GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – The damage left from Saturday’s baseball-sized hail was difficult for one Granite City, Illinois, neighborhood to seek. “They’re just in shock,” said Rose Carney, “They don’t know what to say.”

Her siding had multiple holes from hail.  Some of those holes were big enough to fit your fist through. “It just tears me up,” Carney said.

Francisco Arguelles was helping his family repair shattered windows. Amy Turner could not believe her car had so many indentations.  It looked more like a golf ball. “I went straight for the basement when the siren sounded,” said Turner.  She said last year’s Good Friday tornado made her more safety conscious. “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Turner.  “It sounded like someone was throwing baseballs at 100 miles per hour toward my roof.”

There was also plenty of damage in St. Ann, Overland and Maryland Heights, Missouri.  Hail pounded cars.  Nearly every car parked in front of an apartment complex near I-270 and Dorsett was covered with a tarp.

Bob Donavon has lived in his house for nearly 40 years in Maryland Heights.  He said Saturday it sounded like one loud bang after another on his roof. His screen windows on his porch were knocked in and his gutters, siding and roof were all damaged.

Even the ground had quarter-inch indentations from where the hail struck.  Donavon couldn’t believe it, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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