Softball-Sized Hail Drops in Oklahoma City

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Some Oklahoma City residents were repairing damage Monday from a severe thunderstorm that dropped softball-sized hail.

The hail fell on the capital city of the Sooner State Sunday afternoon. So much hail fell that enough ice accumulated on the ground to make it appear as if a snowstorm had hit the area.

Members of one church were cleaning up after the storm's winds damaged the roof of their church building. The storm also stalled traffic along Interstates 35 and 40 and the falling ice shattered the windshields of many vehicles.

"It was shocking," Oklahoma City resident Olivia Pierce said. "It was kind of scary. It was like being in a moving car wreck. Your windows started shattering."

"It started off small and then all of a sudden, it sounded like baseballs hitting the ground," said Eric Skelton, another resident.

Police and firefighters responded to several traffic accidents in the storm.

Fire Chief Cecil Clay said his agency had responded to several traffic accidents. Clay said fire trucks were also sent to several sites where fires were reported, but the firefighters found only water vapor rising into the air from hail on the ground, appearing to be smoke.

Parts of Tulsa, Okla. also saw severe storm damage.

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