Ten-Year Anniversary of Billion Dollar Hail Storm

It wasn’t a record but it was 88 degrees yesterday. 

The day began with a window-rattling thunderstorm. . .and about two-thirds of an inch of rain. 

With the rain, came some hail; nothing, though, like the hail storm we had ten years ago today. 

On April 10th, 2001, St. Louis was hit by what’s called a Supercell Hail Storm. 

Every vehicle on the Ford Hazelwood assembly plant parking lot was damaged by hail that measured between one and three inches in diameter.  Every home in Florissant took some sort of damage due to hail.  Twenty-four commercial and military planes at Lambert Field were damaged.  And Fulton, Missouri had a tornado. 

In St. Louis, winds with the storm were clocked at up to 70-miles-per hour. . .straight down and that made speeded up the hail. . .doing more damage. 

Statewide, Missouri insurance claims totalled one-and-a-half billion dollars. . .making it the most expensive hail storm in U.S. history.  It happened here. . .ten years ago today.

– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News


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