Officials on Tuesday were monitoring the aftermath of a storm that caused a hail of a time Monday night across this area.
A strong weather system lumbering across the region from around 6 to 7:30 p.m. brought thunder, lightning, heavy rainfall, wind and, most notably, hail.
“We had a lot of reports of hail,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Tuesday. “There was some that was as large as quarters.”
Elsewhere, pea-sized or marble-sized hail occurred.
“We have heard of the hail all across the county — several different places,” Shelton said.
No initial damage estimates had been compiled at last check.
“We haven’t really had any reports of vehicle damage,” the emergency services official added Tuesday morning, “but I’m sure there is some, with the size of the hail.”
Shelton said such damage — typically tiny dents in the sheet metal — would become noticeable upon close inspection, such as when washing a vehicle.
Hailstones form within an unusually unstable air mass, one in which the temperature falloff with height is much greater than normal, according to online sources.
A severe thunderstorm is required to produce hailstones of at least a quarter in size, according to the National Weather Service.
Shelton said Monday’s heavy rain — measuring 1.43 inches at F.G. Doggett Water Plant in Mount Airy, the city’s official weather-monitoring station — caused relatively few problems except for some flooding of basements and similar issues.
Any water covering roadways, a normal occurrence locally with heavy rain, likely happened during the overnight hours Monday when little traffic was moving, and subsided before people came out Tuesday morning, Shelton said.
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