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April 21, 1989 | From Reuters
A 30-minute hailstorm killed at least 45 people and injured about 120 in a southwestern China city Thursday, New China News Agency reported. The storm in Luzhou, Sichuan province, damaged houses, cut water and power supplies and telephone lines. It also uprooted trees.
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March 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. - Howard Sheckter was a painfully shy 10-year-old when he found his calling in a Glendora hailstorm. As lightning and thunder crackled all around him, he looked up and felt chunks of ice bounce off his cheeks. The experience ignited an obsession. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article misspelled Sheckter's name as Schecter. "My mother's telephone bills were huge because I was calling the weather service 10 times a day," said Sheckter, now 62. "One day, my mother called the operator and asked, 'What number is this?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
The death toll from a hailstorm that ripped through southwest China's Sichuan province has reached 87, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. About 4,200 people in 10 cities were injured in Thursday's storm, which caused an estimated $40 million in damage in the hardest-hit city of Luzhou. The report quoted Sichuan officials as saying that 90,000 homes were damaged in Luzhou and that 40% of the windows and doors in high buildings were damaged. Fifty-two air force training aircraft stationed in Luzhou were damaged.
SPORTS
January 25, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Santa Anita, which already has had more than its share of trouble because of rain, was dealt another blow by Mother Nature early Thursday. A rare and severe hailstorm that hit parts of Arcadia around 5 a.m. caused Santa Anita President Ron Charles, after consulting with other track personnel, to cancel Thursday's eight-race card. Now, with more rain expected, racing today and over the weekend is in doubt.
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May 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
A hailstorm in northern Bulgaria killed six people, washed out crops and damaged buildings, the state news agency said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 11, 1989 | From Reuters
A hailstorm of rare intensity struck the east China port city of Qingdao, injuring nearly 1,000 people, the Farmers Daily reported Wednesday. It said two fishermen were missing at sea and that 116,000 acres of farmland in the city's suburbs were damaged in the Monday storm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1986
I was a little perturbed when your paper, earlier in the spring, described hailstones that fell in a couple of Midwest storms as "baseball-sized" and "softball-sized". You could as easily have used two California products, oranges and grapefruit, as measures of those hailstones' size. The report of a Chinese hailstorm (Times, May 23) is more disturbing. It describes the largest hailstones as weighing 1.5 kilograms, which your headline writer incorrectly converts to 3 pounds. Actually, a spherical 1.5-kilo hailstone would have a diameter of 5.6 inches, which could best be described by the phrase "as big as Imperial Valley cantaloupes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2001
A freak hailstorm Thursday dumped an inch of miniature ice balls along U.S. 101 at the Santa Barbara County line, setting off a string of car accidents during the morning commute. Twenty cars were damaged as startled motorists hit the brakes and skidded, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug Howell. Maragda Santillana, 19, a volleyball player from Barcelona, Spain, was injured and in fair condition at a local hospital. The hail was isolated to a quarter-mile patch of the freeway.
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November 14, 1987 | Associated Press
Villagers in a southwestern Ugandan town killed a rainmaker they blamed for creating a hailstorm that devastated their homes, a newspaper reported Friday. The rainmaker, identified only as Kazaalwa, had threatened to loose his powers on the village of Rewnyangi unless its people showed more generosity and respect for him, according to Focus, which is published by the Islamic Information Center.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Grape-sized hail pummeled the city on Tuesday, blanketing downtown streets, startling drivers and pedestrians, and piling up to 4 inches deep at an amusement park. Motorists pulled over under bridges or into garages and pedestrians scrambled for cover to avoid being pelted. Brazil Redd, 21, was outside when the rain and hail began, her car being towed after a hit-and-run collision. "It hurt. I probably got bruises. It was huge," she said. "I got soaked."
NATIONAL
May 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Grape-sized hail pummeled the city on Tuesday, blanketing downtown streets, startling drivers and pedestrians, and piling up to 4 inches deep at an amusement park. Motorists pulled over under bridges or into garages and pedestrians scrambled for cover to avoid being pelted. Brazil Redd, 21, was outside when the rain and hail began, her car being towed after a hit-and-run collision. "It hurt. I probably got bruises. It was huge," she said. "I got soaked."
NEWS
June 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
United Airlines canceled nearly 100 flights after hail the size of golf balls damaged 32 of its planes in Denver. The carrier said the damage would cause further cancellations and delays throughout its system for the next few days. About 5% of United's fleet of more than 600 aircraft was damaged in the storm at Denver International Airport. Nineteen of the planes will be out of service for at least two weeks, the airline said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2001
A freak hailstorm Thursday dumped an inch of miniature ice balls along U.S. 101 at the Santa Barbara County line, setting off a string of car accidents during the morning commute. Twenty cars were damaged as startled motorists hit the brakes and skidded, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug Howell. Maragda Santillana, 19, a volleyball player from Barcelona, Spain, was injured and in fair condition at a local hospital. The hail was isolated to a quarter-mile patch of the freeway.
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June 22, 1995 | RODNEY BOSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California farmer can't seem to get a break from an unrelenting Mother Nature. "It's been one thing after another," lamented Gary Van Sickle, field director for the California Tree Fruit Agreement, an industry trade group. Time and again, the pounding rains and wicked winds have hit at the absolute worst time--harvest time. Broccoli. Celery. Strawberries. Lettuce. Cherries. These products and more have suffered dearly this year. And now the latest victim: peaches.
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June 20, 1995 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fruit grower and writer David Mas Masumoto couldn't wait for June to come. His first major book would be published--a chronicle of family, farm travails and his struggle to market an old variety of peach that tastes wonderful but has a short shelf life. He also was going to harvest a promising crop and hope that it finally would find a way into the consumer's heart, saving the old orchard from the bulldozer.
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May 6, 1995 | From Associated Press
Storms with hail as big as softballs and winds above 70 m.p.h. swept through northern Texas on Friday night, injuring close to 100 people, damaging buildings and cars, and cutting power at an airport. As many as 40 flights were diverted en route to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, where power to an American Airlines terminal went out briefly during the height of the storm. "There was a power pause, but no real interruption," said Marion Deesisto, a spokeswoman for American.
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July 11, 1993 | THOMAS WAGNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Those who grow Darjeeling tea have long believed that putting it into tea bags would be like selling champagne in plastic bottles. But the tea bags may be about to happen, what with the worldwide recession, the collapse of the Soviet market, devastating hailstorms, ethnic violence and venerable tea bushes that appear to be dying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fast-moving hailstorm dumped up to five inches of ice on the Conejo Grade in Thousand Oaks Saturday, creating snow-like conditions and forcing authorities to shut down the Ventura Freeway in both directions. The accumulation created slippery conditions that led to several minor accidents on the freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. CHP officials closed the freeway between Camarillo Springs Road and Wendy Drive at 4:35 p.m.
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