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Storms moving through on Thursday evening dropped hail the size of tennis balls and over 4 inches of rain in some spots.

Posted: May 17, 2019 7:58 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019 8:26 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Strong storms moving through Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio Thursday evening dropped heavy rain and hail the size of tennis balls. The biggest impacts? Cars left out in the elements.

Over a dozen reports of hail came with the storms last night. One of the harder hit counties was Huntington County.

The largest of the hail came just northwest of the City of Huntington, that’s where FOX 55 found Anthony Vonesh at home, assessing the damage the hail had caused.

Vonesh was inside when the storms passed through, he said "It was just terrible. It sounded like this stuff was just coming right through the windows and I was afraid to even get outside, you couldn’t get outside."

Several of his cars were damaged because of the hail.

Three of his vehicles had cracked and chipped windscreens and the hood of his Escalade dented from the hail. He was just about to go inside his house to talk to his insurance company at the time of this story.

"I’m calling them right now because I wanted to come home to check this again to see how bad the hood was. What do you suspect they’re going to say? The hood is damaged beyond repair. My son owns a body shop, so I know we can’t fix that one," Vonesh said.

Some residents were able to limit the damage, using blankets to cover their car, others like vonesh, may have over a thousand dollars in repairs.

So to prepare for hail, know the forecast and have a plan in place. Maybe that means covering your car wtih blankets or moving your car under a carport.

Vonesh said, "I mean it just roared through here and it was unbelievable, then it stopped as abruptly as it started."

So you can put your plan in action to protect your cars and other assets before storms arrive.

"I’m sure the insurance companies are going to be busy today, unfortunately," Vonesh said.

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