Fonda, IA Hailstorm, May 1899


Town Trees Stripped of Foliage and Property Wrecked.

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 28.-A special from Fonda, Iowa, says:
A hail storm [sic] of greater severity than was ever witnessed by any of the citizens of this section passed over Fonda and vicinity between 6 and 7 o’clock this evening. The hail storm [sic] raged for one hour. Many of the hail stones were from one to one and a half inches in diameter, and driven by a strong wind from the northwest, when they struck buildings and board fences, the report was like the discharge of musketry. The hail at the close of the storm was lying in drifts six to eight inches deep on lawns and two feet on Main street, and the streets and brick pavements were flooded with water and slush. Nearly all the unprotected windows on the north and west sides of the houses are broken and a great deal of damage has been done to the buildings and furniture. The trees are leafless and everything has the aspect of winter. The hail was preceded by an electric storm. The hail was accompanied by a heavy fall of rain. This is the fourth time hail has fallen in this section this spring.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 29 May 1899