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SALADO, Texas – Severe thunderstorms dropped hail larger than grapefruits in Central Texas Tuesday afternoon.
Gina Brown captured these shots of the 5.5-inch hailstone that fell at her home in Salado.
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Salado was under a Tornado Warning it is believed a twister moved through the area just after 5:30 p.m. CDT.
Significant tornado damage was reported, and nearly a dozen people were injured, one of those which were in critical condition.
The Methodist Church in Salado has been set up as a shelter for those affected by the tornado.
The largest hailstone recorded in the U.S. was nearly the size of a volleyball. It measured 8 inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference and was found in Vivian, South Dakota, in 2010. It weighed nearly 2 pounds.
In Texas, the largest hailstone was recorded last year in Hondo, Texas on April 28th, 2021. It measured 6.4" in diameter.
Golf ball-to softball-sized hail can fall at speeds ranging from 44 to 72 mph, according to the National Weather Service, while larger stones can reach 100 mph.