Icy Rain: It's falling on you

What is hail?

Hail is pellets of frozen rain that fall in showers from cumulonimbus clouds. It forms when thunderstorm updrafts are able to carry frozen water. Then, after excessive freezing, the hailstone becomes too heavy and falls to the ground.

What does hail do?

Hail causes damage to buildings as well as humans. Hail alone can cause major roofing damage and when combined with wind, hail can cause major damage to all parts of the property. Also, hail affects people and animals by possibly causing severe injury and/or death (on rare occasions).

How can you stay safe from hail?

We can't guarantee that you'll be safe from hail, but here are a few tips that will help keep you safe...

  • Do not go outside
  • If you are already out, get to shelter A$AP
  • Once inside, stay away from all skylights, windows, and doors
  • Close your windows, drapes, blinds, and shades

Where does hail occur?

Hail occurs anywhere where it is cold. When combined with a thunderstorm, these freezing temperatures create hail.