Atmospheric Archive: April 17th


April 17, 2008: DFW Metroplex
An intense hail core developed in a Supercell storm west of Fort Worth. It began dropping tennis ball-size hail on Mineral Wells around 5:20p.m. The hail broke windows, pounded vehicles, and downed power and cable lines. The Palo Pinto General Hospital sustained about $400,000 damage to its roof. The Wal-Mart in town had every skylight broken which resulted in water damage. Mineral Wells High School sustained heavy damage to its roof and to its new outdoor stadium and bleachers.
One woman was injured when she was hit in the head with a large hailstone but did not seek medical attention.   Car dealerships reported damage to about 8,000 vehicles in the Metroplex. Winds to 60mph also knocked down power poles and trees across Tarrant County. The storm weakened by the time it got to Dallas. Total damage estimated at $22 million. Max hail size reached to baseballs.
April 17, 1997: Grand Forks, ND
Extreme flooding which exceeded all previous records completely engulfed the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The flood event, which began on the 17th, reached its peak when The Red River crested in East Grand Forks on the 21st/22nd just over 54 feet, obliterating the old record by more than 5 feet. The 9,000 residents of East Grand Forks were evacuated from their homes on the 18th and 19th, due to the failure of the city dikes. Many homes were completely submerged in water. All of the bridges to Grand Forks were covered with water. Schools in East Grand Forks were cancelled for the remainder of the year. After the downtown area flooded, fires broke out and the entire area was gutted. Many commented that it looked like bombed out cities from World War II once the waters receded.
Damage from this horrific flood was pegged at $600 million.
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