Severe thunderstorms, with hailstones up to 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter, hit parts of central U.S., including Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, and nearby areas since Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The storms resulted in power outages for about 3 000 customers, particularly in Garland County and Hot Springs.
In Kentucky, hailstones were described as the size of a quarter, or about 2.5 cm (1 inch), covering highways. AccuWeather journalist and storm chaser Blake Naftel said the storm lasted for seven minutes.
Wait for it... Massive hail burst with the passage of the meso/wall cloud at Glasgow, Kentucky from 7p CT Thursday evening. Dime to quarter-size hail observed, lasting for 7 min. in duration. @accuweather @breakingweather @NWSNashville @NWSPaducah pic.twitter.com/HrfvJAgx9p— Blake Naftel (@BlakeNaftel) March 13, 2020
In Arkansas, a heavy hailstorm battered the northwestern region, including Sonora on March 11. Hailstones were reportedly up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter, with wind gusts reaching 97 km/h (60 mph).
Among the worst-hit areas was Bella Vista, where lightning and hail struck together. Bismarck, Izard County, Batesville, and Horseshoe Bend also had reports of hail.
Almost 3 000 customers were left without electricity Thursday in Garland County and Hot Springs, according to Entergy.
A hailstorm hit northwest Arkansas after thunderstorms moved through the area on March 11th. The storms hit the region with hailstones up to an inch in diameter, with wind gusts up to 60 mph. #WeatherBug #KnowBefore #wx #Arkansas pic.twitter.com/TU7y2Qangw— WeatherBug (@WeatherBug) March 11, 2020
In Illinois, intense thunderstorms and huge hails rocked areas including South Jacksonville.
According to Weather Nation, up to 5 cm (2 inches) of hail fell in Johnson city, while West Frankfort, Du Quoin, Ina, and Marion saw between 1.25 to 1.75 cm (0.5 to 0.7 inches) of hail.
"Please watch out for flooded roads overnight and avoid them," the weather agency warned.
Rain is expected to continue into the weekend.
Parts of Illinois had hail up to hen egg size (2") while West Frankfort had 1.75" thick hail pic.twitter.com/9CRRBWLC1U— Steve Glazier (@SteveGlazier) March 12, 2020
Heavy snow and flash flood threats continue across the western U.S. - severe thunderstorms possible across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico
Storm systems across the western U.S. will continue to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Desert Southwest on Friday, March 13, 2020, with heavy snows continuing across many mountainous areas through the weekend.
Heavy snow is also possible across the Central Plains into Saturday, with a few severe thunderstorms possible across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, NWS forecaster Tate noted.
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