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Aftermath of Softball Sized Hail at Lake Tschida

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By: Alicia Ewen

Campers enjoying the holiday weekend were taken by surprise at Lake Tschida when one of the strongest hail storms to date hit the area.

"We've had this cabin out here since we were small and my sister nor I never remembered the lake being this scary. It was just this big black, massive black swirls in it." said  Rita Schlenvogt who was staying at Tschida over the weekend, "We did see a few jet skis going at high speed to get to safety."

And for good reason since this particular storm almost broke physical law.

According to reports at Lake Tschida, hail ranged anywhere in size from a pebble, to a softball.

That means that these ice chunks were four and a half inches wide and weighed around two pounds.

According to the National Weather Service this is practically as big as it can get.

The only shelter many of the Tschida campers had were their tents, so others did all they could to keep people safe from the storm.

"We brought as many in as we could. Some had been camping over at the public beach and we just all crowded in here. We had a small cellar to go down if we had to so we were prepared." said Schlenvogt.

But even indoors, the Schlenvogt said the hail sounded like someone was shooting the side of their cabin with a shotgun.

But in a remarkable turn of events, damage caused by the storm was only minimal to medium according to recreational manager Michelle Psyck.

"For what we received it turned out extremely well. Older campers helped out are younger campers, everyone really pulled together to buckle down and keep everybody safe." said Michelle Psyck the recreational manager at the lake.

And in the name of holiday spirit, these vacationers were still able to see a silver lining, even below storm clouds.

"It was a little to wet for a while but at least when they lit off fireworks we didn't need to worry about fires." - Rita

I'm Alicia Ewen, reporting for KX News.

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