HAIL NO! On June 16th the Upstate New York, (NY), area got pounded by rain, and hail during a severe thunderstorms with winds sometimes exceeding 60 mph. The hail ranged in size from pennies to golf balls. It looked like it had snowed in some areas. It was the worst hail storm in years. The state agriculture commissioner will survey hail damage suffered by upstate orchards.
Agriculture officials say apple, peach, strawberry and cherry crops from the Niagara Frontier east to the Hudson Valley suffered extensive damage. Some growers reported losing as much as 75 percent of their crops in the storm, which also damaged corn and other vegetable crops.
Officials in Wayne County, on Lake Ontario just east of Rochester, have called on Gov. David Paterson to declare the county a disaster area.
The storms knocked out power to nearly 10,000 RG&E customers in Gates and Rochester.
It was a strange start to Wegmans LPGA week as hail fell during a weather delay at Locust Hill Country Club.
As for my area, we had a thunderstorms on and off all day, but no hail. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed.
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And another WHEC-TV 10 article
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