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Hail hits parts of county

Staff writer

Hailstorms that swept through northern Marion County last week left considerable damage.

The hardest hit area appeared to be along 230th Rd. north of Marion.

Large hail and a strong westerly wind hit Gail Whiteman’s farm at 1787 230th around 1 a.m. Friday.

Whiteman said it hailed for 5 or 10 minutes and made the ground white. A few hailstones were golf-ball size, but more were quarter-size.

The hail put baseball-size holes in all the window screens on the west side of his family’s house and left the yard littered with leaves.

Hailstones were still visible around the house the next morning.

Damage to nearby wheat and corn fields was severe, but a mile south, fields showed little damage.

The Whitemans recorded 0.20 of an inch of rain, but folks in Pilsen recorded 1.5 inches along with wind and hail.

The hail and rain appeared to taper off north of 290th, but farmers west and east of Lincolnville also reported some wind and hail.

Duane Carlson, two miles east of Lincolnville, said he could hear hail rumbling as the storm approached.

Lincolnville mayor Barb Kaiser said half-inch hail chipped paint off her family’s house and brought leaves down all over town.

Whiteman said farmers would know the extent of the damage in a few weeks. By ROWENA PLETT

Staff writer

Hailstorms that swept through northern Marion County last week left considerable damage.

The hardest hit area appeared to be along 230th Rd. north of Marion.

Large hail and a strong westerly wind hit Gail Whiteman’s farm at 1787 230th around 1 a.m. Friday.

Whiteman said it hailed for 5 or 10 minutes and made the ground white. A few hailstones were golf-ball size, but more were quarter-size.

The hail put baseball-size holes in all the window screens on the west side of his family’s house and left the yard littered with leaves.

Hailstones were still visible around the house the next morning.

Damage to nearby wheat and corn fields was severe, but a mile south, fields showed little damage.

The Whitemans recorded 0.20 of an inch of rain, but folks in Pilsen recorded 1.5 inches along with wind and hail.

The hail and rain appeared to taper off north of 290th, but farmers west and east of Lincolnville also reported some wind and hail.

Duane Carlson, two miles east of Lincolnville, said he could hear hail rumbling as the storm approached.

Lincolnville mayor Barb Kaiser said half-inch hail chipped paint off her family’s house and brought leaves down all over town.

Whiteman said farmers would know the extent of the damage in a few weeks.

Last modified May 31, 2017

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