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Tons of hail fell yesterday evening in our portion of the county. Most of it was penny to nickel size. It closed I-74 in our stretch of area, Shelby County, Indiana, for nearly 8 hours and plow trucks called out to clear six inches of it!http://www.wthr.com/ has a story about it. I took some photos of the unfortunate damage to the beauty of the spring blooms and tender leaves. Some of the hail is still lying around here this morning...The last picture is last night right after it stopped falling...This, of course, made me think of hive safety during storms like this. I had just read a thread yesterday here about storms and what keepers do to secure their hives if possible from high winds and such. Hail damage to the blooms and the colder temps that it brought probably hinders the bees more in the pollen collecting process more over damage to the hives.
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That is crazy looking, we had it last year in April like that except it was golf ball size with some bigger ones thrown in for good measure. Much damage from it, they are still putting on shingle roofs from the damage. Beat house and car windows out, knocked holes in vinyl siding, and beat cars until they were totaled out.
 

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That was a crazy storm alright - some places getting hammered and others nothing. I'm just west of you and got nothing. My daughter is about 11 miles east, and sent pictures of half-dollar-sized hail stones.
 
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