Severe storms drop baseball-sized hail on I-90

2011-08-17T19:50:00Z 2011-08-17T22:10:59Z Severe storms drop baseball-sized hail on I-90Nick Penzenstadler Journal staff Rapid City Journal
August 17, 2011 7:50 pm  • 

A series of supercell storms dropped baseball-sized hail on portions of Interstate 90 Wednesday evening.

The first in a series of five individual storms in south central South Dakota formed after 3 p.m.

“The storms that developed near Midland crossed the interstate near the 1880 Town northeast of Belvidere,” said Matthew Bunkers, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “There were reports of hail up to baseball size and even larger that didn’t get reported. That caused significant damage on I-90 around that mile marker 170.”

Several vehicles near Belvidere needed to stop since their windshields had been so severely damaged.

The weather service received reports of another severe storm further south in Mellette County that had large enough hail to bust holes in a roof.

Shortly after 6 p.m., law enforcement officers reported spotting several funnel clouds seven miles northeast of Mission.

“There was no confirmed tornado, but it was rotating very strongly,” Bunkers said.

Contact Nick Penzenstadler at 394-8415 or


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