The Texas motto, “everything is bigger in Texas,” was proven by a huge hail storm that dumped hail on the Panhandle yesterday. To the left is a photo that was sent to the National Weather Service in Amarillo yesterday showing a man standing amid 4 feet of hail in the northern region of Potter County.
Texas Highway 287 was also brought to a complete standstill because of the amount of hail. Cars were buried under the pebbles of ice and roads were too slick to move forward. Many roads were flooded as the hail started to melt. Below you can view a video of the flash flood of the Canadian River. The footage is incredible and almost surreal. The Texas Department of Transportation has plans to work throughout the day to remove hazardous ice buildup.
If you can picture the amount of hail that was produced from this storm front on top of a flat roof, or any roof at that, you can get an estimate of the damage that this front produced. One gallon of water weighs 8.345404 lbs. That approximate amount of weight with this amount of hail could easily make a roof cave in or create extensive damage. Those who were affected by this burying storm are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope everyone stays safe out there.