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Hail Pummels Abilene
Hail Pummels Abilene
As the ArtWalk parade was winding down Thursday evening, a weather alert came over the loud speakers of the radio station's van. We were parked in downtown Abilene when we were warned that the impending storm contained golf ball to baseball size hail. Within five minutes of that alert all hell broke loose. Watch as the hail storm reeks havoc on Abilene's north-side.
Hurricane Strength Winds Hit Abilene Leaving a Trail Of Destruction [PICTURES]
Hurricane Strength Winds Hit Abilene Leaving a Trail Of Destruction [PICTURES]
I knew the minute the NOAA weather guys said that these storms are capable of producing winds up to 70 miles an hour that Abilene and the Big Country would be seeing some serious damage. When the storm was over I went out to see what was banging on the side of my house, that's when I noticed trees were up-rooted and shingles were spread out all over my yard. I looked around to see which neighbor l
Yikes! Lightning Strikes Man’s Yard During Freak Storm in Scary Amateur Video
Yikes! Lightning Strikes Man’s Yard During Freak Storm in Scary Amateur Video
Mike Akers was visiting his parents in Queens, NY, when a freak storm swept through the area on Monday night, bringing thunder, lightning and baseball-sized hail. In this amateur video, which aired on ‘Today,’ Akers filmed from the relative safety of his parents’ porch when, suddenly, lightning struck in the front yard and smashed a tree to pieces.
Worst Storms In Recent Memory – Our Top 5
Worst Storms In Recent Memory – Our Top 5
I believe that we West Texans are lucky. Lucky because we haven't been hit by a major loss of life storm. Like the 1987 tornado that killed 30 and injured 121 of the 297 residents in the small West Texas town of Saragosa. If fact the only three fatalities in Taylor County that were caused by weather, all happened in separate storms decades apart. In 1985 one death caused by a tornado, in 1993 high wind claimed another and in the flash flood of 2007 claimed yet another. From 1950 to current date, in Taylor County alone, there have been 767 severe weather events causing over 110 million dollars in property damage and over 237 million dollars in crop damage. And the numbers keep climbing, because the official numbers from the April 2011 storms are not all in. Let's look at our "Worst Storms" by the sheer dollars in damage.