Hail briefly hammers northern Vermilion County
BISMARCK — A pop-up storm blew through parts of northern Vermilion County on Friday afternoon, producing ping-pong ball- to baseball- and teacup-size hail, according to weather officials.
No injuries were reported, said Rick Harper, the severe weather manager for the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency. But the hail, as large as 3 inches in diameter in some areas, damaged vehicles and the roof of a metal building, while the wind and hail damaged crops and trees.
"The storm just kind of popped up from an outflow boundary from the storms that were going through northern Illinois," Harper said.
"We have had numerous reports of cars damaged and leaves being stripped off trees ranging from Potomac, the Bismarck and Henning areas to the Vermilion Regional Airport to Wal-Mart" in north Danville, he continued, adding the storm moved in a southeasterly direction. "The hail also damaged the roof of a metal building 2 miles south of Bismarck."
Damage estimates weren't available on Friday afternoon.
The storm only lasted from about 2:20 to 2:40 p.m., Harper said. He said it rolled through the Hoopeston area a little earlier, but no damage was reported in that area.
Harper said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also took notice of the event.
"They're actually surveying farmers in the area and studying how suddenly it popped up and everything," he said.