Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hailstorm the Size of Golf Balls disrupts Minneapolis Twins game - 10th May 2011

A game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers was delayed Tuesday by a storm that deposited golf ball-sized hail over downtown Minneapolis.

A quick-developing storm system accompanied by tornadoes and strong straight-line winds blew over Target Field with little warning about 8:20 p.m., while the game was in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Tigers leading 5-0.

Ice chunks quickly began covering the field and fans began running for cover. The hailstones got bigger within minutes, and soon pieces the size of golf balls and even larger blanketed the field.

Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla, a native of the Dominican Republic, remained in the Twins dugout along with a few teammates to marvel at the sight.

Casilla told Fox Sports North he had never seen hail before.

Twins grounds crew members indicated no one on the staff had ever dealt with large hailstones on the field, now in just its second season.

Crews used debris blowers to clear the field of ice and the game was resumed after a delay of 1 hour, 4 minutes. Read More