I know I'm not the only person who gets nervous during a Texas hailstorm.

Texas hailstorms can cause tremendous property damage, and the accompanying storms can host high winds, flooding, and tornados, which we all know can be deadly.

But has anyone ever actually died from hailstones themselves?

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Yes, but it's exceedingly rare.

In the U.S., there are only three officially known cases of someone dying from hailstones, and two of those incidents happened right here in Texas.

The first recorded hailstone incident that resulted in death in U.S. history was near Lubbock, Texas. A 39-year-old farmer J.C. Clack was caught in his field on May 13, 1930, and subsequently died of his injuries.

The second recorded incident involved an infant that was struck by a hailstone in 1979 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Unfortunately, the baby died of a fractured skull as the mother was running to seek shelter.

The third incident involved another Texan. On March 29th, 2000, a 19-year-old man, Juan Oseguera, attempted to save his truck from hail damage but instead was pelted with softball-sized hail. He died from his head injuries.

Other Deadly (But Not Official) Hail Incidents in Texas

While this death isn't officially recognized by the National Weather Service, there is some indication that a 14-year-old boy died from hailstones while working in a Laredo, Texas field in 1928.

In 1986 a small plane flying near Addison Airport in Dallas, Texas was caught in hail, smashing the windshield. This caused the plane to crash and resulted in the death of the pilot. However, this incident is not the result of hail directly hitting and killing the person, so it is considered "collateral." There are surely hundreds of deadly car accidents that could have been the result of hail as well.

Even though these incidents are rare, hailstones are no joke here in Texas. Luckily we now have advance weather reports to warn us of incoming hail, so we are not caught out in a field or outside with an infant. And remember- vehicles can be repaired and replaced, but humans cannot. Always seek immediate shelter during hailstorm warnings.

 

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