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Friday, 05 April 2013 16:08

Mississippi Hail Storms Damages Hundreds of Vehicles in Jackson Dealership Lot

Hails storms moved across Mississippi in mid March causing numerous reports of hail damage and leaving at least three people injured and many vehicles damaged.

The National Weather Service reported large hail up to softball-size hit parts of the Jackson metro area and other parts of the state mid March with widespread damage to vehicles, homes and buildings.

General Sales Manager David Rinehart of Paul Moak Honda in Jackson said 250 vehicles were damaged at their dealership. Many of the vehicles have broken windows and windshields. David Hall, General Sales Manager of nearby Herrin-Gear dealership, said every car on their 20 acres of lots are damaged, WLBT-TV reported.

Emergency manager officials estimated that hundreds of vehicles were damaged across parts of Warren, Hinds, Rankin and Scott counties.

Large hail up to at least half-dollar-size has been reported across more than two dozen other counties including Claiborne, Adams, Amite, Pike, Walthall, Smith, Jasper, Covington, Lawrence, Franklin, Kemper, Lincoln, Marion, Monroe, Chickasaw, Jones, Newton, Simpson, Leake, Lowndes and Washington.

The National Weather Service confirmed hail reached softball-size in Clinton with a measurement of 4.25 inches in diameter. Two people were injured as large hail shattered the windows of their vehicle, according to emergency officials.

In the immediate Jackson area, numerous reports of damaging golfball-size hail pelted the capital city.

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