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Storms dump baseball-sized hail in several counties in Kansas

Alek Royer

A storm rolls through Haven, Kan., leaving baseball-sized hail in its wake on July 23.

From Haven, Kan., resident Kelly Royer:

Kelly Royer

My husband, Bill, got a call from a friend (and fellow farmer) who was in Hutchinson (Kan.), and he told us they were getting pelted with huge hail, and it was coming our way.

Bill and our boys got several trucks and vehicles put in the shed just in the nick of time. We watched the storm roll in and knew the hail was coming because the huge thunderhead cloud was green. When the first large hail fell, there were only a few big pieces, and we thought we got lucky and that the worst of it had passed us by.

But then the really big hail started, and it was almost deafening.

The super-sized hail lasted for several minutes, and then we had several more minutes of quarter- and pea-sized ice. It was scary and awesome all at the same time.

The sheer size of the hail was so impressive, but at the same time, we knew it was damaging our crops. Crops that up until this point had been looking great.

It's dark now so we'll have to wait until morning to see the full extent of the damage.

Read more from KSN.com and The Hutchinson News.

Kelly Royer

Soybeans are seen bent over with holes in their leaves and knocked-off flowers after hail damaged the crop.