Severe Weather Strikes Texas with Giant Hail and Possible Tornado

Severe weather wreaked havoc across parts of Texas over the weekend, causing damage and injuries as powerful thunderstorms unleashed hail the size of an energy drink can and potentially spawned tornadoes. This latest bout of extreme weather is just one in a series of events that have devastated communities in the Lone Star State, from deadly derechos to torrential rain-induced flooding and the deadliest tornado in years.

Near-record-breaking hail pelted Texas, with reports indicating that 6-inch hail fell in Swisher County, resembling the size of a 16 oz Monster Nitro energy drink can. While this hail size is impressive, it falls short of the record set by a 6.4-inch hailstone in Hondo, Texas, back in 2021. Other areas also reported large hail, with sizes ranging from 3 to 4.5 inches in different communities.

On the other hand, possible tornadoes touched down in various regions, including the town of Sanderson near the U.S.-Mexico border. The Terrell County Sheriff reported that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was injured when his home was directly hit by the storm. Despite the damage caused, all individuals have been safely located, and roads have been cleared of debris.

As Texas grapples with the aftermath of this severe weather event, it serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable and destructive nature of Mother Nature. Stay tuned for further updates on weather conditions and safety measures in the affected areas.