MADISON — Golf ball-sized hail fell from the skies over the Holly Hills area of Madison in Boone County.
Brianne White Barker posted pictures of the large hail on the Coal Valley News’ Facebook site.
“I started around 3:50 p.m. today and lasted for about three minutes,” she said.
Barker said her husband, Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker, was checking out their home, roof and property for damages.
“I think our cars are alright,” she said. “I wish I would have thought to video, but I was so shocked!”
“Wow!” was commented over and over regarding Barker’s hail photographs by viewers.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch and severe weather alert.
A Tornado Watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Boone County, West Virginia until Wed Jun 04 9:00 PM: AT 347 PM EDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL… AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MADISON… MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO VAN… RACINE… PRENTER… SETH… WHITESVILLE AND SYLVESTER.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to prepare for potential severe weather conditions expected to occur throughout the evening of June 4 and into early Thursday morning.
“I encourage all West Virginians to prepare for the possibility of severe weather. A few items that should be on your checklist are batteries, flashlights, battery-operated radio and other necessities. Make sure friends, family members and neighbors are also prepared,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Our team will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will stay in close contact with the Office of Emergency Management Services to make sure West Virginia is prepared for potential hazardous conditions.”
The West Virginia National Guard and utility providers are ready and prepared to respond quickly to affected areas.
For more information on how you can prepare, visit www.ready.wv.gov