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June Greets Amherst County with Hail Storm


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Amherst Co., VA - Heavy rain, quarter-sized hail, and tree toppling winds all rolled through Amherst County Friday afternoon, swelling creeks, rivers, and streams. Folks there say it all happened in a flash.

Donald Meeks and his wife Martha were home when the heavens opened.

"I've never seen it like that. I've heard of it, but I've never seen it," said Donald.

We couldn't dodge the storm ourselves. Heavy rain pounded our car for some time. But John Cousins got hit worse.

"My wife was in sewing and looked out the back window and said, 'O, my gosh, John, you got to come here and see what's going on,'" said Cousins, Amherst County resident.

Once-in-a-lifetime hail was falling, and Cousins captured it all on camera.

"Yeah, it was about quarter-size, yeah. I've never seen anything that large," said Cousins.

Neither has Cousins's backyard garden. The hail tore his tomato plants to smithereens. And the winds toppled this tree, stretching at least one phone line we saw like a rubberband.

"It's like they weren't blowing in a straight direction, it seems like they were going every which way,"said Cousins.

The strong June first storm marched out of Amherst County as fast as it swooped in. In some cases, turning grown men soft.

"Have you ever seen anything like this?" we asked.

"No, this is the first time. I was scared. I have to admit. I was scared," said Cousins, laughing.

"It kinda scared me," said Donald Meeks, laughing.

The amazing part is that hail, as big as it was, left very little damage. The folks we talked to were worried about their vehicles. But, once the hail stopped, no dings or dents reported.

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