Texas residents braced for severe thunderstorms — with the threat of “baseball-sized” hail — by covering their vehicles with pretty much anything they could find.
Strong storms were forecast for parts of northern Texas last Wednesday, extending into Thursday morning, leaving some residents scrambling to protect their vehicles from potential damage.
Photos on social media show people using inflatable pool toys, couch cushions and other household items in an effort to protect their rides.
“When the garage is full and you live in Texas. And they say there is possible Softball size hail, you go REDNECK!!” Sherri VanCampen tweeted along with a photo showing couch cushions strapped to a pickup truck.
When the garage is full and you live in Texas. And they say there is possible Softball size hail, you go REDNECK!! pic.twitter.com/5qlAQUemxX
— Sherri VanCampen (@SherriVancampen) April 17, 2019
“Hail storms forecast this evening in #Texas. Be sure to protect your vehicles,” Tiffany Villarreal tweeted along with a photo showing inflatable mattresses covering a Jeep.
— Tiffany Reed-Villarreal, P.E., ENVSP (@TiffanyEngr) April 17, 2019
When there’s the threat of hail in Texas… pic.twitter.com/JgVmJZZgoA
— Bethany Evans (@bethanycevans) April 18, 2019
— Daniel Cunningham (@TXPlantGuy) April 17, 2019
— Richard Rodriguez (@SuperProRico) April 17, 2019
— Suzanne Reeves (@PerkyTexan) April 18, 2019
— Savagge 🕊 (@TrillxSavagge) April 18, 2019
Seven tornadoes were reported across the Plains, from the northeastern Texas Panhandle to southeastern Kansas. Strong winds hit elsewhere Wednesday evening, toppling utility poles and trees and downing power lines in parts of North Texas.
The National Weather Service received numerous reports of hail pelting the storm-struck areas.
— Luigi Meccariello (@LFMWx) April 17, 2019
Egg-size hail was reported about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort Worth.
Storm chasers and weather fanatics shared photos and video of the powerful storms sweeping across the state. Here’s a look:
— Aaron Jayjack (@aaronjayjack) April 18, 2019
— Texas Storm Chasers (@TxStormChasers) April 18, 2019
— Alex Spahn (@spahn711) April 18, 2019
— Kyle Tevlin (@TevlinKyle) April 18, 2019
— Renee Guthrie (@ReneeStormChase) April 18, 2019
–with a file from the Associated Press
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