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Small Town Gets Spattered With Big Amounts of Hail

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It's hard to believe that mid-June, residents would need to pull out their snow shovels to clean up from a storm, but that's exactly what happened Monday night in Napoleon.

The town of Napoleon is abuzz with what else but the weather.

"This year the weather's been the talk of the town, especially the hail last night and the drifts and the running water, through the town and stuff." says Derrick Leier, Owner, Conoco Napoleon Oil.

"Looking outside, I've never seen anything like it, the roads were completely covered, it looked like we got a snowstorm." says Trooper Michael Hayen, North Dakota Highway Patrol.

"Just watched it come down and everything was completely white when it stopped." says Betty Sperle, resident.

The hail itself wasn't large, but the amount of hail was.

Even in the sunshine, you can still see evidence of what happened 18 hours later.

"I showed up this morning about eight o'clock and out back here in the shade I still had a hail drift out there, it's still there, still remnants of it here at one o'clock or so." says Leier.

Derrick Leier is the owner of one of the local gas stations, and ended up digging out his snow shovel at his home.

"I had to get it away from the front part of my house so I could get out and see what was going on, there was quite a drift in the driveway." says Leier.

A highway patrol trooper in the area says he took cover under a tree to make sure his vehicle didn't get any damage.

"The leaves were hitting the squad car, the hail was hitting the squad car, I was watching people pull up to their houses and bee-line it into their house." says Trooper Hayen.

The hail size was small so it didn't do much besides break off some leaves, branches, and one resident's flower petals.

"They look sad, there's not too much left of them..." says Sperle.

Betty Sperle grew up around the area.

She says she has seen much bigger hail over the years, but with pictures like this, word about the wild weather event spreads fast.

"I had a call from my daughter in Arkansas and she already had heard about the hail." says Sperle.

Trooper Hayden says he did end up calling in up to dime-sized hail in the Napoleon area.

Just a few miles away, some residents barely got a sprinkle.

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