Whanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - Zaryd Wil­son

Just as it ap­peared sum­mer had ar­rived, Tai­hape was blasted by a mas­sive hail­storm leav­ing the Ran­gi­tikei town blan­keted in thick white hail­stones.

Hail be­gan to fall just be­fore 2pm yes­ter­day and ham­mered the town for about 10 min­utes.

“It was huge,” Tai­hape Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor Frances McKe­own said.

“It was just go­ing side­ways and it kept com­ing in big waves.”

“We’re in the town hall here and it was loud con­sid­er­ing that we’ve got thick con­crete walls.”

The streets and rooftops were cov­ered in a thick, white blan­ket fol­low­ing the storm.

McKe­own said some of the stones were the size of a 10c piece and she was keen to go and check her car for dam­age.

“The traf­fic slowed down a lot be­cause the vis­i­bil­ity was way down.”

The tem­per­a­ture dropped sud­denly when the hail­storm ar­rived.

Pho­tos / Tai­hape Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust

Large hail­stones set­tle on a Tai­hape roof.

It looked more like win­ter than De­cem­ber in Tai­hape after a hail­storm blasted the town (left).

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