Weekly wrap-up: Large, destructive hail pounds Texas; Damaging earthquakes rattle Myanmar and Japan

By By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 19, 2016, 7:25:38 AM EDT

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Severe thunderstorms erupted in parts of the southern and central United States this week, bringing damaging hail the size of baseballs in spots.

The hailstorm wrecked hundreds of vehicles at a BMW dealership in San Antonio on Tuesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

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In Cole Camp, Missouri, hail about 2 inches in diameter was reported along with dented cars, broken windshields and siding damage to buildings.

As part of the same outbreak that brought large hail and damaging winds, torrential rains inundated the Deep South. In Jackson, Mississippi, the rains caused a school roof to collapse, sending people running to safety. A 24-hour rainfall total of 6.07 inches was reported northeast of Jackson on Tuesday morning.


For the second straight weekend, April snow coated parts of the Northeast. From April 8-10, snow totals of over 9 inches spanned four states. In West Virginia, 18 inches fell in Canaan Valley, while 11 inches was measured in Chandlers Valley, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, dangerous flash flooding stranded motorists and forced water rescues in Las Vegas last weekend. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that four people were rescued from flood control channels and two others from their vehicles on Saturday, April 9.

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Around the world, several powerful earthquakes caused damage during the middle of the week.

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck 74 km (46 miles) southeast of Mawlaik, Myanmar, shortly before 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. Reuters reported that at least 50 people were injured in Bangladesh.

On Thursday, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Japan. Violent shaking caused at least 19 buildings to collapse and streets to buckle, according to the Associated Press. At least nine people were killed and more than 760 were injured.

An even more powerful earthquake hit Japan just over 24 hours later, when a 7.0 magnitude quake struck truck 1 km (0.5 of a mile) from Kumamoto at 1:25 a.m. local time on Saturday (12:35 p.m. EDT Friday).

The quake struck about 12 km (7.5 miles) from Kumamoto-shi, Japan, and there was no tsunami threat, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Thursday's temblor was classified as a foreshock by the USGS.

Tropical Cyclone Fantala formed in the Indian Ocean this week, but the storm remained hundreds of miles away from the nearest landmass.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.

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