Hail is precipitation in the form of a chunk of ice that can fall from a cumulonimbus cloud. Usually associated with multicell, supercell and cold front-induced squall line thunderstorms, most hail falls from the central region of a cloud in a severe storm.
If you are caught in a hailstorm:
- Seek shelter immediately if you are outdoors. If you can’t find something to protect your entire body, at least find something to protect your head.
- Stay out of culverts and lowland areas that might fill suddenly with water.
- Stop driving. Pull safely onto the shoulder of the road away from any trees that could fall on your vehicle.
- If at all possible, pull into a sturdy garage or under a shelter to minimize hail damage.
- Do NOT leave your vehicle until it stops hailing. Your car will provide reasonable protection.
Sources: FEMA.gov, NOAA.gov
Remember: You are responsible for your safety and for the safety of those around you.