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Severe storms bring hail to Hobe Sound

Severe storms bring hail to Hobe Sound (WPEC)

Storms blew through the Treasure Coast on Tuesday afternoon.

Indiantown was under a tornado warning and had some severe lightning and rainfall.

In Hobe Sound, a family who lives off of Power Line Avenue sent CBS12 pictures of hail in their yard. An hour or two after the storm, there was still hail on their property.

Sara Thiem showed CBS12 the hail that was left.

"This is smaller. It’s melted. It was bigger than this," she said.

In fact, the hail was about double the size.

Thiem said when the hail first came down, it was about the size of a quarter and the hail left was about the size of a penny or a dime.

“When it hit you could hear ‘ping ping ping,'" she said. "We’ve had a little bit before but nothing like this."

Even though the hail was melting, it left some damage.

“See all the little holes,” Thiem said, pointing to her tent outside her home. "The hail ripped right through.”

Thiem and her husband, Eugene ,have lived in Hobe Sound for 45 years and said they’ve never seen anything like this before.

“We’ve had bad storms, but we’ve never had hail this bad," Eugene Thiem said. "The yard was white. Literally white from ice. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the ground completely covered and it’s almost like snow.”

After the yard was covered, they said there was steam coming off the ground.

In addition to the hail, they had some bad wind.

“It was very high wind," Sara Thiem said. "I very well thought it could be a tornado."

Their entire lawn and driveway was covered in debris. Eugene Thiem said he just cleaned it off Monday, and now he has to do it all over again, as well as fix his tent.

The storm only lasted about 15 minutes before the sun came out.

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