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Another danger associated with thunderstorms, especially to personal property, is hail. This hailfall occurred in Altus, Oklahoma in 1982 and was accompanied by several tornadoes. Hail causes more monetary loss than any other type of thunderstorm-spawned severe weather.

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Annually, the United States alone suffers about one billion dollars in crop damage from hail. Hail rarely kills people, but these were hollow words in China in May, 1986 when 100 people were killed, 9,000 injured, and 35,000 homes destroyed by an intense hailstorm.

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