Extreme weather damages homes, brings down trees

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Severe weather wreaked havoc on parts of the Capital Region on Tuesday.

The worst part of the storm only lasted for a few minutes, but that’s all it took to leave behind a complete mess.

“I’ve never seen hail this size here; never,” Donald Coons said.

Coons has lived in Gallatin for over 40 years. He was visiting his sister up the road when he saw the clouds rolling in. On his ride home, the sky opened up.

“I said, ‘I’m not going to make it home,’” he said. “I pulled under the big pine tree at her house and just sat there listening to it.”

Coons said it was relentless.

“It just sounded like somebody beating the car with a hammer,” he described.

As his car took a beating, his neighbors up the road were worried about his house.

“It sounded like it was coming in the house,” George Dundz said.

Dundz said his entire yard was covered with tennis ball-sized hail at one point.

In the end, windows were left shattered, homes bruised, and trees ripped apart.

“You could just hear it beating on the sides and everything. It was hairy.”

No injuries were reported in the area.

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