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'Golf Ball' Hailstones Smash Through Car Window During Storm

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'Golf Ball' Hailstones Smash Through Car Window During Storm

Giant 'golf ball' sized hailstones battered parts of England earlier this week, leaving expensive property damage in their wake. Watch footage of the storm battering a car below:


Residents in Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, were left dealing with thousands of pounds worth of damage as a result of the flash storm.

Kevin Messenger, from Kibworth Beauchamp, was one of those who fell victim to mother nature, with his VW Polo windscreen smashed.


The IT manager said: "The hailsstones were huge, I've never seen anything like it. The only thing I can compare it to was monsoon season when I went to Thailand.

The windscreen of Kevin Messenger's VW Polo was smashed by the hailstones. Credit: SWNS
The windscreen of Kevin Messenger's VW Polo was smashed by the hailstones. Credit: SWNS

"The hail was that severe it smashed the back windscreen of my car, I know other people in the village who had their car windows smashed too.

"But we got off lightly because some houses flooded and the local primary school roof collapsed.


"It all happened so quickly, it only lasted about 45 minutes but the damage was far reaching. It was crazy really."

He added: "The damage must be running into the hundreds if not thousands of pounds. But just a few hundred metres down the road it stayed gloriously sunny."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

The 39-year-old said it was one of the strangest things he had ever witnessed.


"It was a surreal experience," he explained. "One minute you are basking in the glorious sunshine, and then all of a sudden the noise started echoing around the house.

"I was gutted about the car but I do feel fortunate and a bit grateful definitely as there have been worse-impacted people than me."

Mum-of-two Katie Jaffar said her two family cars were left battered and bruised by the 'frightening' storm.

"It was so fast, it was pretty terrifying. It sounded like gun shots," she said.

Katie Jaffar's Mercedes was badly dented by the hail. Credit: SWNS
Katie Jaffar's Mercedes was badly dented by the hail. Credit: SWNS

"We went from sunshine to having a stream running outside our front door in around 15 minutes.

"That was the most frightening thing, how quickly it all happened."

The powerful hailstorm also smashed through a large skylight at her mother's home, leading to the corridor flooding.


The 46-year-old added: "She had to be evacuated from the top floor of her sheltered accommodation and I know a care home had to be evacuated as well.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"Our neighbours' cellars are flooded and there was water up to the front door. It was just so scary how quickly it happened and the damage it caused."

Mum-of-one Emily Bevan said it was just horrific.

The 29-year-old said: "It was like something from a disaster movie, it was apocalyptic. I have never seen weather like this in Britain.

"The noise of it was just deafening as well. It was bonkers."

Dad-of-two Paul Arscott added: "The roads were nuts.

"Everyone pulled up on grass verges and pavements trying to hide under trees or bridges.

"It was like some Armageddon film."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Weather, Storm, heatwave, Sun, Cars

Dominic Smithers
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