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Hail Bombards Rexburg Sunday Night

In Rexburg on Sunday, May 8, there was a large hailstorm. The hail ranged in size but averaged about the size of an acorn.

Kurt Buffalo, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pocatello, said the largest size hail reported was the size of a golf ball.

Buffalo said the storm was first reported at 6:05 p.m. and lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. He said Rexburg gained 0.21 inches of precipitation.

Buffalo said the storm started in Fremont County and continued towards Rexburg. He said the storm started to weaken as it reached the northeastern part of Idaho Falls.

Captain Randy Lewis, of the Rexburg Police Department, said the roundabout near Fourth South and Second West experienced some flooding.

Lewis said there were not any reports of damage other than minor flooding.

“It was pretty colorful,” said Robert Wahlquist, a faculty member in the religion department at BYU-Idaho.

Wahlquist said this kind of storm was not unprecedented, but that it was interesting how the storm gathered its strength.

Wahlquist said most storms in Rexburg come from the southwest, but this storm came in from the northwest.

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