Story at a glance
- Texas and Oklahoma residents saw hail ranging from 1 to 3 inches in size on Wednesday.
- Strong gusts of wind contributed to damage on residences, businesses and infrastructure.
- The storm is moving to the northeast, but the hail is expected to subside.
A shockingly destructive storm moved its way across Oklahoma, bringing buckets of large, hazardous hail showers.
The National Weather Service (NWS) based out of Norman, Okla., chronicled the April 28 hailstorm accompanied by severe thunderstorms moving across the southwestern part of the state and into the east-central regions.
Softball-sized hail, ranging from 1 to 3 inches in diameter, was reported by the time the storm reached central Oklahoma, bringing winds around the 70 miles per hour mark. This culminated in sizable damage to buildings and structures in the state.
The storm also touched parts of Texas, bringing the same hail and heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. The storm is currently tracking northeastward, mainly hitting the areas north of Dallas and Fort Worth.
"Yesterday was certainly a billion-dollar hail loss day across the U.S.," Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini told USA Today. "San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas – along with Norman – were all impacted with large to significant hail. In addition, there was one gargantuan (4 inch) hail report near Hondo, Texas."
The largest hail size was at about 3.25 inches, and reported out of the Hillcrest Airport area northeast of Fort Worth.
Among the damage reported in both states included smashed windows on cars and businesses due to the large hail, along with power line damage and an overturned mobile home in Azle, Texas.
The storm is expected to move east, prompting the NWS to issue a severe storm risk for areas between eastern Texas to western Connecticut through Friday morning. Hail is expected to subside as the storm tracks north towards New England.