It was a crazy night in Powhatan.
First-- the lightning. Check out the data from 9:15 PM. This is a map of radar (rain) plus lightning data over 3 MINUTES. Almost 500 lightning strikes in almost 3 minutes over Powhatan and Central Goochland must have been scary. This was obviously a powerful storm.
Now, look at the hail tracker. A bullseye over SE Powhatan county. South of Anderson Highway and East of 522, I bet some tomato plants took a beating.
And check out how big the hail stones were:
Have you ever had this kind of hail at your house? Just look at it pouring off the roof. (you should be able to click and watch the video)
Hail is formed with a raindrop freezes, after being lifted high into a storm cloud by powerful winds inside a storm. Then, the hailstone drops into the part of the cloud that has liquid water. That water clings to the hail stone, and then heads back up to freeze again.
When the storms are tall supercell thunderstorms. That hailstone can make a LOT of trips up and down before falling to earth. Look how tall that storm was last night: almost 60 thousand feet!
That's about as tall as they ever get around here. Impressive. That's how you get this:
*Curious about Shannon's impressive nails? she's a nail technician at Salon Del Sol! (more like Salon del lluvia)
With a towering storm you also get big wind gusts. The airport reported a 71mph gust and I bet they were as high in Powhatan.
Trees are down all over the place in Powhatan, and that's where our reporters are headed this morning.
Stay safe, and have a great day
Posted by Andrew Freiden 9:48am 6/26/2015