Hailstorm damages structures, vehicles in western Nebraska

(AP) — A hailstorm that raced over a section of western Nebraska left behind broken windows, dented vehicles and battered crops.

The storm blew in from the west Thursday afternoon and loosed hailstones reported at 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) in diameter or bigger.

The National Weather Service says there were unconfirmed reports of baseball-size hail.     

Damage was reported throughout Scottsbluff, but no injuries.     

Western Nebraska Regional Airport director Raul Aguallo says a Skywest plane loaded for departure was hit by the hail and didn’t take off.

(Picture courtesy of Amanda Porras)

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