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Large hail falls in area counties
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Multiple severe thunderstorms formed and produced large size hail over Brule, Aurora and Charles Mix counties Saturday night.

The entire storm event started southwest of Stickney at around 7:36 p.m. before moving southeast and ending at 9:30 p.m. west of Platte in Charles Mix County.

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The storms formed 3 inch hail 10 miles west of Lake Andes, according to the Tim Masters, technician with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

Broken windows were noted in Geddes and golf ball size hail was reported covering the ground in Platte, according to an NWS online news release.

Jeff Sauvage, Stickney fire chief and acting Aurora County emergency manager, said the damage was hard to see.

"It followed pretty close to the same pattern as last time," referring to last weekend's hail storm, which damaged crops and residences in Stickney, Corsica and Delmont. The crops that would have been damaged were already damaged according to Sauvage.

The hail "came straight down with no wind pushing it, didn't see any damage like we'd seen last time," Sauvage said.

The severe weather was contained to large hail according to Masters, with the largest amount of rain being 43 hundredths recorded during the storm.

"Sometimes you get big hail, it is not really frequent. That is why we get kind of excited," Masters said.

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